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8 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

2015-2016We all have good intentions when we set New Year’s resolutions. We intend to make a change for the better. We want to reach our goals. We plan to make them happen. Yet, only about 8% of people achieve their resolutions.

So, how do they do it? Here are 8 tips for keeping your New Year’s resolutions this year:

Keep it simple
We tend to get a little gung ho about the new year. It’s easy to end up with a resolutions list that looks like a grocery list. When you set your expectations too high, it makes it easier to fail. Try to limit your list to two or three resolutions you intend to keep. You’ll maintain your focus and efforts with just a few resolutions.

Make it realistic
You may want to lose weight as one of your resolutions. You need to set a tangible, realistic goal. For instance, you may want to lose 50 pounds. However, it may take you over a year to create a healthy routine that allows you to shed the weight and maintain your results.

Create a plan
One way to help keep your resolutions and meet your goals is to create a plan. If you want to lost weight, you can set weekly goals for changing your eating habits and establishing an exercise routine. For instance, the first week you can go through your cabinets and eliminate the less healthy food choices. Create a grocery list of nutritious food options. You might also decide to walk for 30 minutes 4 or 5 days a week. When you have short-term goals, you are more likely to stay committed and on-track for the longer term.

Be passionate
Make sure you choose resolutions that you really want. Put some careful thought into it. You may be feeling overwhelmed and frustrated with your work-life balance. Take some time to think about how you can create more harmony between these two parts of your life. You can make an effort to shut work off in the evenings after 6pm and all day Saturday and Sunday. You may want to work on your relationships with family. Develop a plan to do one fun activity with your spouse and/or kids once a week.

Track it
Tracking your progress will help you stay accountable and keep the resolution in the front of your mind. If your goal is to exercise, write your achievements on a calendar where you can check it regularly. Or, put a gold star on the calendar when you do something as a family. Seeing your results will encourage you to work even harder at maintaining your goal.

Celebrate your successes
You deserve to acknowledge a job well done. Think about ways to treat yourself when you reach the milestones you’ve set. Just be sure it’s a positive reward that will help you on your journey to a healthier, happier you. If your goal is to get your finances in order and pay down debt, then going on a shopping spree may not be a good reward.

Believe in yourself
Your biggest fan has to be you. No matter how much friends or family may support you, it comes down to you. Breaking down a big goal into smaller steps can help you build up your belief that you can do it. Once you see you can make small changes in your behavior and habits, you will be inspired to do more.

Forgive yourself
Don’t give up if you slip up here and there. No one is perfect. It’s how you handle the setbacks that matter. If you go out with friends and eat too many fried, fattening foods topped off with a big dessert, then get back to your regular routine the next day. Getting off track every once in a while shouldn’t deter your from continuing toward your goal.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and more balanced 2016! Have you set any New Year’s resolutions? What will you do to increase your chances of keeping them?

10 Exercise Tips for the Unmotivated

yoga-118151-mIt’s a new year and time to get into an exercise routine. Right? Well, if you’re reading this blog, then you probably fall into the unmotivated category with me. I love the idea of being physically fit and getting into a regular exercise routine. And while I like the idea of exercising, in reality, I have a hard time actually making it happen.

Here are 10 tips to get you on the right track to a more motivated and physically active 2016:

Just get dressed
If you’re not feeling in the mood to exercise, put on your workout gear. It usually helps give me more motivation to get started. I may still find a few ways to procrastinate, but I will get going eventually.

Make a list of workout buddies
There’s nothing like having an extremely enthusiastic friend who will bully and guilt you into exercising. It’s even better if you have more than one of these workout buddies. You can even call them when you’re unmotivated and let them harass you into exercising. You can also return the favor. What are friends for?

Find your passion
You have to find the fitness routine that works for you. It may take you a few tries to get it right. I really enjoy kickboxing. There’s something about kicking and punching that just makes me happy. You may enjoy the feeling of a runner’s high. Or, yoga and pilates may help you balance your mind and body. I also like to play sports with friends – I get to have a few laughs and fit in a workout at the same time.

Do an easier workout
If you’re feeling particularly unmotivated, do an easier workout than you had planned. You may have intended to run three miles on the treadmill, but just can’t get in the mood. Do something less intensive like getting on an elliptical machine or joining a yoga class. Maybe it’s a really nice day, and you would rather walk outside. As long as you do something, you still benefit and can avoid feeling guilty.

Get everyday exercise
Everyday activities can count as exercise, too. Take the stairs, rather than an elevator or escalator, whenever you can. Instead of fighting for a close parking spot, park at the end of the lot and walk. If you take a train or bus, get off a few stops early and walk. You can even vacuum, clean house, change bed sheets, mop the floor, or shovel snow to fit in more exercise.

Turn off the TV
When the TV is on, it’s hard to get motivated to do anything. Turn it off and get moving. You can come back to it for a few minutes after you finish your workout.

Delay gratification
Give yourself a goal for after you finish your workout. Do you like to have dinner with friends, browse at the mall, or maybe watch your favorite TV program? Make a deal with yourself that first you have to fit in your workout in order to do the fun stuff.

Stay active
It’s much harder to be motivated if you’ve been sedentary all day. Make sure you find ways to stay active. Go out for lunch, take breaks, or stretch periodically throughout the day. When it’s time to workout, you will already be more motivated.

Mix it up
It’s easy to get bored doing the same thing every day. Plan out your week’s exercise routine. Walk or run a couple of times a week. Play tennis, racquetball, or swim. Do a spin class, yoga, pilates, kickboxing or aerobics. Mix it up with weight training. Find what you enjoy and create a plan that will keep you interested.

Celebrate success
Reward yourself when you reach a specific goal or just for exercising on a regular basis. Just make sure your reward goes along with your fitness goals. If you’re trying to lose weight, buy a new outfit or book to read rather than rewarding yourself with an ice cream sundae. Or, put a dollar in a jar every time you workout and then spend it on something frivolous.

Use these tips to help you push past the unmotivated times and soon working out will become a healthy habit. You may even become an inspiration to those around you. Start working out now for a healthier, happier you!

6 Tips to a Safe and Healthy New Year’s Eve

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The presents have been unwrapped, leftovers from Christmas dinner are in the fridge, and now it’s time to plan for New Year’s Eve.

While you’re looking ahead to parties and fun with friends and family, be sure to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Here are 6 tips to creating safe, happy, and healthy New Year’s Eve festivities:

Traveling
If you plan to drive on New Year’s Eve, it goes without saying – don’t drink and drive. If you have a friend or family member who doesn’t drink, ask them to be a designated driver. When driving, be extra alert behind the wheel. You don’t know if someone else may be driving impaired. In addition, this is the time for winter weather in many parts of the country. Make sure you have an emergency safety kit in your vehicle if you’re traveling in bad weather.

Celebrating
Don’t sit your drink down anywhere. Even if you’re sipping a non-alcoholic beverage, keep track of your drink. It’s too easy for someone to spike a drink while you’re having fun. If you are drinking, pay attention to how much you’re consuming. It’s easy to get caught up in the good times. Be sure to eat some food and drink water throughout the night to stay hydrated. When popping a champagne bottle, aim the cork away from people. While it’s fun to pop the cork, people get hurt more often than you think!

Public events
If you’re attending a public event, be aware of your surroundings at all times. Watch how others are acting. It can quickly become dangerous if someone is out of control. Never go to an unfamiliar place alone. If you’re with a group, be sure to stay together and keep an eye on each other. Don’t let friends or family members leave alone.

Hosting a party
You are responsible for your guests. Make sure everyone is staying within their limits. Confirm that guests have someone who can drive them home, or be prepared to call a cab if needed. Offer plenty of non-alcoholic beverages and snack foods for your guests.

Fireworks
When it comes to fireworks, the same rules apply on New Year’s Eve that would apply any other time of the year. Know the rules and regulations of using fireworks in your area. In fact, it’s best to leave it to the professionals, especially if alcohol may be involved. Be sure to celebrate safely!

Pets
Loud noises can scare pets. Be careful of popping champagne corks or exploding fireworks. Give extra attention to pets so they don’t run away. In addition, having strange people at your house can frighten pets, or cause them to panic and bite someone. Keep pets inside or even in another area of the house away from crowds and loud noises.

New Year’s Eve is a wonderful time to celebrate. It marks the beginning of a new year and new possibilities. Take a few extra steps and make sure you ring in a safe, happy, and healthy 2016.

8 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Untitled-1We all have good intentions when we set New Year’s resolutions. We intend to make a change for the better. We want to reach our goals. We plan to make them happen. Yet, only about 8% of people achieve their resolutions.

So, how do they do it? Here are 8 tips for keeping your New Year’s resolutions this year:

Keep it simple
We tend to get a little gung ho about the new year. It’s easy to end up with a resolutions list that looks like a grocery list. When you set your expectations too high, it makes it easier to fail. Try to limit your list to two or three resolutions you intend to keep. You are able to maintain your focus and efforts with just a few resolutions.

Make it realistic
You may want to lose weight as one of your resolutions. You need to set a tangible, realistic goal. For instance, you may want to lose 50 pounds. However, it may take you over a year to create a healthy routine that allows you to shed the weight and maintain your results.

Create a plan
One way to help keep your resolutions and meet your goals is to create a plan. If you want to lost weight, you can set weekly goals for changing your eating habits and establishing an exercise routine. For instance, the first week you can go through your cabinets and eliminate the less healthy food choices. Create a grocery list of nutritious food options. You might also decide to walk for 30 minutes 4 or 5 days a week. When you have short-term goals, you are more likely to stay committed and on-track for the longer term.

Be passionate
Make sure you choose resolutions that you really want. Put some careful thought into it. You may be feeling overwhelmed and frustrated with your work-life balance. Take some time to think about how you can create more harmony between these two parts of your life. You can make an effort to shut work off in the evenings after 6pm and all day Saturday and Sunday. You may want to work on your relationships with family. Develop a plan to do one fun activity with your spouse and/or kids once a week.

Track it
Tracking your progress will help you stay accountable and keep the resolution in the front of your mind. If your goal is to exercise, write your achievements on a calendar where you can check it regularly. Or, put a gold star on the calendar when you do something as a family. Seeing your results will encourage you to work even harder at maintaining your goal.

Celebrate your successes
You deserve to acknowledge a job well done. Think about ways to treat yourself when you reach the milestones you’ve set. Just be sure it’s a positive reward that will help you on your journey to a healthier, happier you. If your goal is to get your finances in order and pay down debt, then going on a shopping spree may not be a good reward.

Believe in yourself
Your biggest fan has to be you. No matter how much friends or family may support you, it comes down to you. Breaking down a big goal into smaller steps can help you build up your belief that you can do it. Once you see you can make small changes in your behavior and habits, you will be inspired to do more.

Forgive yourself
Don’t give up if you slip up here and there. No one is perfect. It’s how you handle the setbacks that matter. If you go out with friends and eat too many fried, fattening foods topped off with a big dessert, then get back to your regular routine the next day. Getting off track every once in a while shouldn’t deter your from continuing toward your goal.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and more balanced 2015! Have you set any New Year’s resolutions? What will you do to increase your chances of keeping them?

7 “Get Healthy” New Year’s Resolutions

new years resolutionIt’s that time of year again. Time to reflect on the past and look ahead to the future. And that means it’s time to make New Year’s resolutions. Every year, I say I won’t make any new resolutions, but then I do it anyway.

This year, I am focusing on what I want to become and how I want to “be” in 2013.

Here are 7 healthy, active, fit and proactive things we can “be” this year:

Be Active
Make a plan to be more active this year. Set goals for your exercise plans and get moving. If you are a couch or desk potato, start walking. From combating depression to preventing heart attacks, just adding three 10-minute walks a day can make a difference in your overall health. If you already exercise on a regular basis, challenge yourself. Sign up for a 5K run. Try something new – start hiking, mountain biking or rollerblading. Just get out there and do it!

Be a Healthy Eater
Take a hard look at your eating habits. Do you skip breakfast? Do you work through lunch with plans to eat more for dinner? Make it a point to eat three healthy meals a day. Eating consistent, well-balanced meals helps you maintain your energy throughout the day, have better concentration and have more regular digestion. And, eating several small snacks a day can help you control hunger and lose weight. Keep fresh or dried fruit, raw veggies, nuts (pistachios, cashews or walnuts), natural cheeses, or dark chocolate on hand. Snacking helps keep your metabolism in high gear, especially if the snacks are protein-rich.

Be Financially Fit
For many of us, money worries can be a major source of stress. Sit down and make a plan to get a handle on your finances. Create a budget and resolve to pay down any outstanding debt. You may need to take a hard look at this past year’s purchases and decide what you can cut down on and live without in 2013.

Be Social
Start a new tradition to go out with friends once a month. Have a family night every week. Do something fun. It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily grind and forget to nurture your relationships. Our friends and family make our lives more fulfilling. Relax, unwind and make some great memories.

Be Adventurous
Decide to try something new in 2013. It may be as simple as taking a class on something you’ve always wanted to learn about or as bold as making a career change. You can learn a new language, take up photography or go skydiving. The important thing is to push yourself out of your comfort zone and try something new.

Be Giving
Think about giving of yourself in the new year. You can draw upon your own unique talents or skills to help others. You can volunteer to feed the homeless, spend time with nursing home patients who don’t get visitors, clean up the environment, take meals to shut-ins, or read to children. Simply look around your community, and I bet you can quickly make a list of ways to help others. Think about doing more with your church. Or, look for ways to help your friends and family. It’s also a good time to donate clothes you no longer wear and any household items you don’t need.

Be Thankful
It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of everyday life and to want things we don’t need or can’t afford. Take time each day to be thankful for what you do have. Every night when I go to bed, I think about all the reasons I am thankful. Even if my kids have fought, whined and bickered all day long, I am so thankful they are mine and that they are healthy. I am thankful for my husband who is my best friend. I am thankful to have friends and family in my life. If I have been stressing over something silly, I can quickly put it into perspective when I focus on the good things.

Now, how do you keep those resolutions?
Be realistic. Choose things you know you can do. Be selective. I would only pick two or three resolutions. If you make too many, you will quickly become overwhelmed and give up on all your resolutions. Be positive! You can do it if you set your mind to it.

Do you typically make New Year’s resolutions? Do you have tips to help keep them? Share your 2013 New Year’s resolutions and advice with us!