One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions that people make is to lose weight and eat healthier. But as we settle into 2018, many people are already starting to struggle with their goals. Without a realistic plan, making healthier lifestyle choices is difficult.
It’s not too late to make and stick to more positive lifestyle choices. Rather than make a complete lifestyle change, simple, manageable steps will help you stay on track towards a developing a healthier, happier life. At Stephen Nutt Chiropractic, we help our clients set doable, exercise and nutrition goals to improve their health.
Set Realistic Goals
When people first start their health-focused action plan, they have grandiose ideas about making immediate big changes. But the problem is that most of these changes are too big and too sudden. Putting this much pressure on yourself is a guaranteed set up for failure. Rather than do a complete lifestyle overhaul, set small, doable goals that you can gradually build on.
It is a lot harder to make change when you are alone. Rather than doing it by yourself, ask friends and family to help you in your quest to improve your diet and fitness. If some of your loved ones have similar intentions, form a support group to encourage each other.
Join a Group
If you cannot find friends, family, or coworkers to form your own support group with, then join a local one. There are several community fitness clubs, weight loss groups, and health programs that you can join. At Stephen Nutt Chiropractic, we help our patients through ongoing support, education, and guidance so they can make permanent, positive change.
Make a Date with Yourself
Another challenge with New Years resolutions is that people will immediately buy a gym membership and start going everyday. But after a few weeks, they stop going because the schedule they have created interferes with their lifestyle too much. Rather than starting the year with daily workouts, set two or three dates with yourself each week. By setting scheduled timeframes, you are not only actively setting time aside for yourself, but you can choose a realistic schedule that is more doable and enjoyable.
Join a Fitness Class
Rather than joining an expensive gym, why not join a fitness class with a friend instead. This will give you the support you need while setting a specific time to do something fun and exercise related. There are plenty of excellent fitness classes that you can sign up for in your community.
Add Exercise into Your Day
There are many ways to add exercise naturally into your schedule, so it does not interfere with your daily activities. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park further from the store so you must walk, go for lunch time walks, take the dog for a longer stroll, and add extra movement to your household chores. There are many ways you can incorporate movement into your day. Looking at your daily schedule, find the opportunities to increase your exercise so it will become a regular part of your everyday.
Try A New Recipe Weekly
To help adopt better eating habits, try a new, healthy recipe each week. The internet is filled with delicious dinners to try. By trying something different once a week, it will broaden your palate while incorporating nutritious menu items into your food intake.
Rewarding yourself with a treat each week is an important part of change. You have worked hard and deserve something special to acknowledge your efforts. Weekly treats will also help curve the cravings.
Health and fitness related resolutions are an excellent way to start the New Year, but without a realistic and doable plan, many people fall off the weight loss wagon within the first two months. Developing a realistic strategy and taking small steps will help increase your chances of success.
At Stephen Nutt Chiropractic, we work with our patients regularly to improve their health and nutrition. We provide education, support, and encouragement to our clients, so they can live an optimal, balanced life.