Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year: Resolutions You Can Stick To

Source: USA Today (Summary by NIM)

As we come to the end of a decade, many of us will take this unique opportunity to kick off 2010 the healthy way by investing in new goals and habits. New Year's Day will be a fresh new start and a time to make some resolutions for the year ahead.

Courtesy of some health experts, here are some resolutions you can actually stick to:

1. Schedule your workout time - just the same way that you would schedule an important meeting. Working out can be a great stress reliever, actually boosting your productivity and helping you sleep better at night.

2. Be true to you - your goals are just that: yours. Get healthy on your own terms, whether it's by dancing, walking, taking cooking classes etc. If you love what you're doing, you'll stick to your goals more closely.

3. Get motivated - join a team, participate in group exercise, get your family on board or post up a photo that you want to work towards. The more motivation you have, the more fun working out will be.

4. Work out in smaller intervals - studies have shown it's better to do more, smaller workouts rather than a few huge ones per week. Sneak in a 30-minute walk each day, for example, and you'll start noticing big results.

5. Stop making excuses - that's enough. Yes, you're busy and time is scarce, but it's what you choose to do with your time that matters. Choose health and happiness and you'll never look back. You can reach your goals if you set your mind to it - just look around at how many amazing success stories are out there! You can be next!!

And remember, a glass or two of champagne may actually be good for your health, so clink those glasses to your good health and ring in the decade on a good note!

For more health tips, check out the article "
New Year's resolutions from the experts themselves" from USA Today (Dec. 30, 2009).