With a holiday season filled with over indulgences behind us, it’s time to focus on a new year with new beginnings. Perhaps, your goal is to lose weight, quit smoking or just take better care of your overall health this coming year. Here are some practical tips to help you keep those New Year’s resolutions.
1. Lose Weight Now is the time to go through your refrigerator and cabinets and get rid of all those junk foods. Restock with healthy, natural foods and snacks. Pre-cut veggies for a quick snack to eat on the go. Use smaller plates and bowls to help with portion control and resist going back for seconds. Park further away from entry doors to increase the amount of steps you take in a day – every little effort helps! Weekly vitamin B-12 shots may help with energy and weight loss.
2. Quit Smoking Make a list of all the reasons to quit. Keep it handy to help with motivation when you have cravings. Surround yourself with supporters and ask them to help you stay accountable; consider joining an online support group. See you healthcare provider for support and options to help you quit including prescription medications. Pick a quit date and stick with it. Avoid smokers and situations where the urge to smoke is strong. Take frequent walks and practice deep breathing exercises to help with cravings.
3. Be Healthier Commit to 10 minutes of vigorous activity a day and gradually increase up to 30 minutes. Pick a private place in your home such as your bedroom or bathroom, turn on your favorite upbeat songs and dance by yourself with gusto. Exercise in any form raises your heart rate and burns calories. Commit to a reasonable bedtime and stick with it. Proper rest is essential to overall health. Proverbs 17:22 tells us, “A cheerful heart is good medicine…” Seek out fun friends and laugh at every opportunity as laughter releases endorphins in the brain that help relieve stress. Schedule a complete physical exam including basic blood tests to ensure there are no hidden health issues.
For success with your New Year’s resolutions, pray for God’s help, have reasonable expectations, celebrate even the smallest amount of progress, and don’t give up if you have some setbacks along the way. You have a whole year to work on your goals.
Julie Tomsett is a published author and the office manager at GracePointe Healthcare. For more information visit their website: www.GracePointeHealthcare.com