Healthy tips from a Registered Dietitian
The time has come for New Year’s resolutions. However, rather than the usual health resolutions you set each year and give up on by February, this new decade can offer the opportunity for setting some long-term goals that can make a real difference in your health.
When it comes to setting goals, perhaps the most important piece in continued success resides in monitoring. Self monitoring through journaling, charting, tweeting or self talk is beneficial for some people. For others, it may take extra help from a friend, family member or health professional. Whichever method works best for you, stick with it.
As for the actual goals and resolutions, aim to make them realistic. Though most may be challenging, the idea is that they will be achievable if you dedicate yourself. If you have been unsuccessful with the set the same health resolutions every year, such as rapid weight loss or training yourself for a marathon, consider whether your goals have been realistic. And, have you been willing to give up the alternative choices when it comes to achieving your goals? Alternatives, such as getting chores done or not starving yourself often win out and are often a healthier or smarter choice.
So, this year, consider your options and what you and your doctor feel is best health route for you. Decide who in your life will help to cheer you on (especially past February) and what is standing in your way. Additionally, remember to not only make your goals revolve around weight. So often, people aim to change weight without considering other important aspects of health such as stress level, physical fitness and good sleep habits.
If you set specific goals within different areas of your life, it can help more with overall health than just one or two goals focused only on outward appearances.
Here are a few ideas to get you started thinking about your own 2010 resolutions:
So, no matter your goals, remember you can always achieve great things with your health if you set your mind to it. And, if your goals are achievable and the rewards are desirable, you will be able to continue on, through the year, making improvements in your health!