A New Year – A New Perspective
With the new year approaching, I’m sure a lot of you have many hopes and dreams for yourself. Not to mention the dream of becoming happier with your health and wellness. Many times people are so excited to begin the New Year with all their resolutions; they don’t stop to think how attainable their goals are. Additionally, people often forget to come up with steps to accomplish their goals. I propose working on a goal that is not centered on weight loss and instead focused on setting attainable goals that just make you feel better.
Small changes are the most attainable and long lasting. For example, many times we fall short of our nutrition goals because we crave certain foods like chocolate, French fries, or soda. Restricting yourself completely of your trigger food may do you more harm than good. Allow yourself to have chocolate once or twice a week in a small amount. When we restrict our trigger foods, we end up binging on them and feeling bad.
Secondly, try to think of your health and wellness goals as a lifelong benefit. Many people think of a diet as being deprived of certain things. Try to think of these changes as something that will make you feel and look better for life. When you gain a new perspective, making changes to your diet and exercise routine will make it feel like less of a chore. The changes you are deciding to make are to improve your mental and physical well-being.
Finally, when setting your New Year’s resolution, set a goal that is specific, measurable and realistic. For example, I am going to walk 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week or I’m going to add 1 more serving of vegetables to my day. Furthermore, if you are not exercising regularly, start by working out at home or become a member of a gym you like. This way you can choose classes you like and you are familiar with the gym’s hours. Also, remember starting in January, gyms are packed with resolution makers, try to go during off peak hours; so you don’t feel rushed or restricted on the equipment that is available.
Accomplishing New Year’s resolutions are not easy. Also, these changes don’t need to happen overnight. As we all know, changes in what you eat, when you eat, and how much you exercise will ultimately improve your health.