Wednesday, December 30, 2015

7 Ways To Dominate Your New Year's Health Resolution

It's hard to believe it's almost time to bid adieu to 2015! This year has been an incredible journey, with living in St. Louis and finishing my graduate program/ dietetic internship! I have since moved back to Northern Illinois and enjoyed the holiday with my family and friends. Thus, I am ready to dive into 2016 head first!

With a new year, come new resolutions. And if you are like me, you are sick of these shiny, exciting January resolutions turning into dull February flops... But I would like to share some tips to help you not only achieve your health goals, but dominate them!

Here are 7 fool-proof ways to dominate your New Year's Health Resolutions:

1. Start Off Slow
One of the biggest reasons people fail to stick to their resolutions is that they get overwhelmed by taking on too much, too soon. . Your car can't go from 0-100 mph in a snap, right? It takes time to build up to that speed. The same goes with your health goals. Try going to the gym 1-2 days a week first, or just focusing on eating a healthier breakfast. Read this for more small steps that can lead to great leaps in your overall health!

2. Create Specific Goals
One of the biggest pitfalls I've seen when people make new health goals is being to broad or vague. A common one I hear is "I want to eat healthier." Which is great, but what does that mean exactly? What does that look like specifically? The key to creating specific health goals is answering the questions what?, when?, and how often? Like eating healthier can become "I want to eat more vegetables at dinner 3 times a week." Doing this gives you a much better plan to help achieve your goal and you build upon these as you do.

3. Start a Journal
Whether it be a food diary or exercise journal, keeping a journal is a great way to help you achieve your goals. It not only helps you be accountable for yourself, but it also helps you become an expert on your own behaviors. I have heard from numerous people that keeping a food journal helped them realize that they tend to snack when they watch TV. It was something they never noticed until they had to write it down. Journals are also a great way to help you monitor your progress. MyFitnessPal and SparkPeople are great journal apps. Read this article for more benefits of keeping a food journal.


4. Get a Support Buddy
It's proven that when you have the support and encouragement of someone else, you are more likely to achieve your goals. This is especially true when you can confide in someone going after the same goal as you. Whether it's a work out buddy, walking buddy, or even just someone to talk about your progress with, having their support can help you get one step closer to achieving your goal.

5. Create a Vision Board
There is a lot to be said about visualizing and conceptualizing your goals. Vision boards can really help make your goals and dreams for the year become a reality. It's like the wonder of self-fulfilling prophecies. Visualization can help get you into the right state of mind to help you succeed. Want more info on how to create your own vision board? Check out this article!

6. Think Outside The Gym
If you are anything like me, 10 minutes on a treadmill and you are bored as #@&%! Now, some people can live in the gym and do just fine! Which is great, don't get me wrong! But also remember that the term "exercise" can reach far beyond the gym walls. Being more active can mean taking an extra lap around the mall. Or maybe it's joining a friend who needs to run some errands. The key is to move more, no matter how you do it. explains 10 great ways to get fit without a gym.

7. Never Go For Perfect
If you are reading this, you are human. If you are human, you are not perfect. None of us are. Believe me, this is a hard concept for me to accept, too! So when it comes to your health, don't set out to be 100% perfect all of the time! Don't aim to eat perfect (I certainly don't!) Don't beat yourself up if you don't work out seven days a  week. Like stated earlier, start off slow and don't go for perfection. It is all about balance!

What has helped you achieve your New Year resolutions?

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