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Hard to believe New Year’s Eve is this coming weekend on Sunday. And what always comes to mind when we think of New Year’s Eve? New Year’s Day resolutions! Admit it. When we think of the end of one year and the beginning of another, we think of all the positive things we want in the coming year while leaving other things behind.
More than 40% of people make resolutions for the coming year and number one on the list? Better health. That’s why gyms are packed the first few weeks of January. Unfortunately, most people fall off track by the end of the month.
If better health is on your resolutions list, there are a few things you can to do to successfully reach your goals and not be one of the quitters. The following tips will help you stay on track to a healthier you in 2018:
- Find someone or a group of people to exercise with. People are social creatures. That’s why Silver Sneakers for seniors is based not only on physical exercise but socialization too. When you have a friend or a group of people waiting for you at the park or in fitness class, you are more likely to go. After all we don’t want to let our friends down.
- Choose small goals that lead to your larger goal. For example, if you want to lose weight, start with a goal to lose 1/2 to 1 pound per week. A goal of 1/2 to 1 pound per week sounds achievable versus a goal to lose 50 pounds with no end date. When you think of it, if you lose 1/2 pound per week you will have lost 26 pounds in the coming months. If you lose 1 pound per week, you will reach your goal of losing 50 pounds. You will reach your larger goal by focusing on small stepping stone goals.
- Keep smiling. No matter what you are doing, you have more fun when you’re smiling and laughing. Even better? You are more likely to stick with an exercise program when you’re having fun. After all, if it’s not fun why do it? Try a new fitness class. Join a group of people who meet at the park twice a week. When it’s fun, you will make sure you show up.
- Pay attention to your body. If you have not been active, don’t try to run 10 miles the first time you meet your walking or running group. Take your time and allow your body to adjust to the activity. Know the difference between soreness and pain. I also say sore is okay, pain is never okay. If you find yourself in pain, stop what you’re doing and take a few days to rest. If you find the pain continuing after a few days or you are modifying the way you move, it’s time to make a doctor’s appointment.
- And the most important tip of all? You’ve read it in my articles before: KEEP MOVING. Every day, keep putting one foot in front of the other. When it’s cold? Move. When it’s warm? Move. When you’re tired? Move. Use your determination to keep moving and once you start moving, it’s almost impossible to stop because you will feel so much better!
As we welcome in 2018, let’s also welcome taking steps to reaching goals to be the healthiest we can be. Happy New Year friends!
To your health,
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