January is here and New Year resolutions are in full swing. I'm sure the majority of you have made some sort of resolution of your own-- stay off your phone, spend more time with family, exercise more, eat healthy foods, walk the dog....the list goes on and on. For most, the hardest resolutions to keep are the health-related ones because it requires strong willpower and committment.
So, how does one go about keeping a health-related resolution?
For starters, keep the resolution realistic. Are you a complete couch potato? Then don't vow to exercise 6 days a week! Start with baby steps-- maybe your resolution should be to walk for fifteen minutes three times a week. Maybe the second week you will increase the walk to twenty minutes (and so on)!
Second, don't throw in the towel the second you slip up. It's completely normal to slip up from time to time. The important thing is to not beat yourself up over it. Stop stressing about a slip up- it's normal and you can start fresh tomorrow. If I gave up every time I skipped an exercise day or had that extra brownie, well, let's just say I wouldn't be writing this article!
Lastly, make it a long-term resolution. This means, don't hold yourself to a strict exercise and nutrition plan for two months just because you have a beach vacation coming up. Instead, commit to health-related changes because you want to live a healthier lifestyle day in and day out! You will be surprised at how much more energy you have and how much better you feel about yourself when you live healthy.