By Ann Lindemann, Senior Health Writer
It happens every year. Minutes after the ball has dropped and the last bit of bubbly poured, millions of us start thinking about the personal changes we’d like to see in the New Year. Sadly, many of us start out strong, but by March our resolve has vanished. Want to make your resolutions stick? Offering a common sense approach to healthy changes, the following tips might just be your ticket to success in the new year.
- Start Small – Make resolutions that are reasonable. If your goal is to exercise more frequently, schedule three or four days a week at the gym instead of seven. The same goes for weight loss goals. Make realistic, measurable short-term and long-term goals.
- One at a Time – Unhealthy behaviors don’t develop overnight. Thus, replacing them with healthy choices requires time. Don’t get overwhelmed and vow to reassess everything in your life. Instead, work toward changing one thing at a time.
- Enlist Support – Share your goals with family members and friends. If you’re lucky, they have similar goals and you can work on your resolutions together.
- Take Action Immediately – Make important appointments while they are top of mind. And remember to stock up with the necessary tools for change like a gym membership, a kitchen full of healthy foods or smoking cessation aids.
- Don’t Sabotage Your Success – Want to stop smoking? Don’t hang out in smoke-filled bars and casinos! Trying to lose weight? Meet your friend for a brisk walk instead of a calorie-laden dinner date.