Most of us look at the turn of the year as an opportunity to make conscientious changes in our lives to better ourselves. Usually our new year’s resolutions involve changing a career, getting more active, eating less sugar or carbs, quit smoking, or even going back to school.
A new years resolution is a commitment you make to your self that, upon reflection at the end of each year, you feel you owe yourself. This commitment is usually short lived because we get frustrated about the apparent lack of results in the first two weeks of the year.
We want to take a moment to give you a few tools to help you achieve your health goals this year so that next year at resolution time you can look back on this resolution and say proudly that you did it! You accomplished what you set out to do!
So if your new years resolution was related to a health goal, here are some things that can help you get healthy and stay healthy for 2018 (and years to come)!
First of all pick a resolution that doesn’t scare you. For example, if you are afraid of intense physical training because you don’t know how to do it safely, then don’t make a resolution to do P90X every day. Rise to the challenge of getting out of your comfort zone safely. Perhaps make the resolution to take a daily walk, or bike ride so that you are active for a minimum of 30 minutes. Studies have shown that physical activity of 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of high blood pressure by a fifth! This minimal time commitment is something we can all squeeze into our days if we just get up 15 minuets earlier in the morning and go to bed 15 minutes later at night. Boom, 30 minutes found and the rest of the day totally uninterrupted.
Second, find a resolution that resonates with you. If health is your resolution then make sure your why is more than “I want a beach body tomorrow” because the fact of the matter is, if you don’t already have a beach body, you won’t have one tomorrow or next week by deciding to get one. Beach bodies take dedication and a life style commitment, not just a resolution. So make the goal more reasonably attainable. Instead of the goal being a beach body, maybe the goal is to run a mile in 10 minutes, or do 50 push ups in under 3 minutes, or 100 sit ups in under 5 minutes. These quantity goals are measurable, you can build up to them, and then you will see progress by reaching those goals pushing you to set new ones to strive for. With the right goal setting and mind set we can accomplish anything!
Third, when we think about our health resolutions we often think about cutting out sugar or carbs from our diets and think it will be the magic solution to a healthy life. It really isn’t! Life is about everything in moderation. It is scary and complicated to try new things, learn new recipes, and eat healthy. But instead of setting a goal to eliminate sugar or carbs, set a goal to cook one new healthy meal a week. This would involve planning one night a week that you will cook at home, and that you will deliberately shop for. The beautiful thing about planning a new recipe one night a week is it doesn’t feel as daunting or over whelming, it can be fun! Make it a date night activity that you and your significant other can do together. Also finding healthy recipes that you like, one meal at a time, adds to your healthy food choices all week long. Over the course of the year you will slowly change your eating habits to healthier choices through the new meals you learn each week. Giving you the nutrition you need with out the stress.
Lastly, as we think about food and our health choices for 2018, lets keep in mind our teeth. Eating the right food, moving more, and stressing less are all great ways to care for yourself and your family. So is brushing and flossing after each meal. If you only brush or floss once a day, you are not alone, but like all anything else step up in a reasonable way so it doesn’t stress you out. Start with committing to brushing twice a day. In 21 days (because it takes 21 days to make a habit) add flossing once a day, and then in 21 more days add flossing to each time you brush, and so on. Before you know it new healthy habits will be formed and it won’t take any time at all.
At the end of the day a new years resolution is a commitment to yourself to be better than you were last year. Setting reasonable small goals along the way gives you the small wins we all need to stay committed and build healthier habits and lifestyles. Before you know it we will all have great beautiful smiles and beach bodies together! In the mean time though, lets support each other on the journey. We are here for you if you need anything, just give us a call!