It’s the time of year when people make their New Year’s resolutions. People make resolutions on a number of different topics. Some will cut back on sweets. Some will try to cut back on losing their temper. And others will resolve to improve their spending habits and try to save more money. Regardless of the resolution that you choose, in order to be successful, you need to take it seriously and give yourself the best chance to succeed.
The same is true if your resolution is aimed at improving your health. There are many different resolutions you can make to improve your life and to get you started toward a healthier life. Some changes you can make to your life are watching that you don’t overeat, reduce the amount of sweets and other unhealthy food, eat healthier foods and make time to get some exercise.
In my life I have gone through periods where I haven’t kept up on my fitness and health, and I have had to rededicate myself to improving my lifestyle. It’s not easy to do, but with will power and dedication, I did it. And you can too!
One of the biggest problems that people face is the habit of overeating. Food is great, and most of it is very tasty! But, knowing when you have had enough can be troubling. To combat overeating, don’t feel bad about taking a full plate of food. If you are enjoying good food, that is alright. However, avoid that second helping of food. That is where you might have a problem with overeating. Also, if you are eating and you are feeling full, don’t push yourself into finishing. You will feel uncomfortable and will not want to move and burn off the extra calories.
I love desserts. Give me a nice pie or cheesecake, and I’m a happy girl! The same is true about chocolates and other sweets. But the secret to keeping my weight in check is to not over do it with the sweets. If I’m having dessert, I won’t say no, but I will think moderation. Instead of a large piece of pie or cake, I will have a smaller piece. I can still enjoy the dessert, but I’m not paying for it with extra calories. By using this philosophy, you can have your cake, and eat it too! Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
How many times have you just hit the drive through at your local fast food restaurant? If you are doing it once a week, its probably one time too many! Now I understand about the need to grab a meal quickly. It happens to me often. But instead of a greasy, fast food meal, you have alternatives. Pack a sandwich, go to a restaurant that has healthier alternatives. Grab a salad as your meal. There are many alternatives to eating from a fast food establishment. Also, when at home, try to plan your meal so that you have good fresh foods to eat. It may take a little extra time to prepare, but in the long run it is much better for you!
Get Out and Exercise
You can come up with a hundred and one excuses why you should not exercise. No time, no energy, have to go to work, have to go home, have to make dinner, etc… All are justifiable reasons why you can’t find time to exercise. But it’s more important for your health to find a reason why you should exercise. It could be for your health, it could be for your family, but it really should be for you! It doesn’t take much time to get out and exercise. Just a few minutes at the beginning of your day, end of the day or somewhere in the middle. Whenever you do your exercise, make sure that you are running, walking or any type of exercise that can get your heart rate up for your health.
Make your New Year’s health resolution and find a way to get on the pathway to a healthier, and happier life! Happy New Year!