Your Healthy Family

Dec 31, 2013 7:14 PM by Annie Snead

Your Healthy Family: Resolution Do's and Don'ts

The new year means new year's resolutions.
And of course many of us make them every year, but don't always keep them.
Here's some dos and don'ts:
This new year, keep it simple.
If your goal is to work out more:
"The biggest thing with that is when we're working out it doesn't need to be work, it can be as simple as going for a hike, shoveling snow, different things that are just easily attainable," said Anna Taylor.
Taylor is a well being coordinator at Memorial Hospital.
She says when it comes to yearly resolutions - a lot of people tend to set really high expectations for themselves.
"I think the biggest thing that people make with new year's resolutions is trying to make that extreme change so think of it more as a healthy lifestyle change," she recommends.
If you decide to get a gym membership for the first time, find someone who's experienced to show you the ropes.
"You don't want to walk in there and be half hazard about what you do and trying different things. You want to have a plan and you want somebody there to encourage you, especially that first month, then maybe you can go off and do it on your own," she said.
If you want to start eating right, Taylor recommends starting out with minimizing your portion size.
And don't cut one thing completely out of your diet.
"Because as soon as you remove something from your diet that makes it incredibly hard and it's just sitting there and your thinking all I want is that item," she said.
"When I go out to dinner I'm going to ask them to box up half the meal right away.. so there's different tricks to doing that versus saying I'm not going to eat bread ever again," she adds.
And whatever your resolution may be, have someone hold you accountable.
"Tell a friend, tell a coworker, have a buddy that's going to be there, tell your family so that they know that it's a realistic goal," she said.
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 30 minutes of activity a day.
But you can break it up, it doesn't have to be all at once, to reap the benefits.


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