New Year's Resolution Tips

January 2nd, 2009

Hope you had a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Great New Year. Now that all of the holidays are out of the way, it's back to the business of staying healthy. The New Year is a time of renewal. Many people us it as a starting point for change and a lot of them actually succeed in improving their lives. Those who fail make the same mistakes: they have no clear goal, they don't keep track of their progress and most importantly, they don't realize how hard change can get.

When you start your new year's resolution, put your goal in writing and be very specific. Don't make it to lose weight or get into shape. While these are excellent goals to have, they're very open ended. You'll never know when you've completed them which can get frustrating if you're trying to find progress.

A New Year's Resolution should be short term so can can complete it quickly and build up the confidence required to tackle bigger problems. A good resolution would be to lose 5 pounds or run a continuous mile by the end of the month. If you don't make a plan, you'll be lost and not know where to start.

You also need to keep track of your progress in writing. Keep a journal detailing your workouts, diets and accomplishments. By keeping a journal, you'll know whether you're moving towards or away from your goals. You can also keep track of mile times, calorie intakes and weigh-ins.

Finally, don't quit too soon. Change isn't always easy. It's actually quite hard. Don't let this deter you from reaching your goal. Realize that there will be some days when you don't feel like exercising or eating healthy foods. You'll pig out and watch TV. You should realize that days like this WILL happen. Even the healthiest people aren't always "on". Wake up the next day and get back into it. Cheat days can help you out. Good luck!