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Practical Tips to Make Your New Year Resolutions Stick

Making New Year's health resolutions is a common practice, but sticking to them can be a challenge. However, with the right approach and actionable steps, you can make your resolutions work and achieve your health and wellness goals in the coming year.

  1. Set Realistic and Specific Goals:

  • Instead of making vague resolutions like "eat healthier or get fitter" set specific and achievable goals such as "eat at least one portion of fruit and vegetable at each meal." This specificity gives you a clear target to work towards.

  • Break down your goals into smaller, manageable steps. For example, if your resolution is ‘to drink more water’, start by counting your current glasses of water intake and adding just 1 more to begin with and gradually increase your intake over time to meet your goal.

2. Use Technology:

  • Using phone-based apps to track your fitness or water intake allows you to keep things on track. Choose an application that is right for you, depending on the amount of information you want.

  • Consider using fitness bands or smartwatches to record your fitness output. The visible record of your everyday progress can be an additional motivator.

3. Prioritize Regular Exercise:

  • Schedule your workouts like appointments. Treat them as non-negotiable commitments to yourself, and plan your day around them.

  • Find an exercise routine that you enjoy. Whether it's dancing, hiking, or yoga, choosing activities you love increases the likelihood that you'll stick with them.

4. Practice Mindful Eating:

  • Slow down and savor your meals. Eating mindfully can help you recognize when you're full and prevent overeating.

  • Before reaching for second helpings, take a moment to assess whether you're truly hungry or simply eating out of habit. Ask yourself Do you NEED to eat or just WANT it? Need implies hunger.

5. Seek Support and Accountability:

  • Share your resolutions with a friend or family member. Having a support system can keep you motivated and accountable.

  • Consider working with a dietitian/nutritionist or health coach. Professional guidance can provide personalized strategies and keep you on track towards your goals.

6. Practice Self-Compassion:

  • Be kind to yourself if you experience setbacks. Instead of giving up, use setbacks as learning opportunities and recommit to your resolutions. Don’t Give Up!

  • Celebrate your progress, no matter how small. Celebrate with non-food rewards, buy yourself that shirt you’ve always wanted or book that holiday you’ve always wanted to go on (this becomes a goal, motivator and a reward). Acknowledging your achievements can boost your confidence and motivation to continue.

Small, consistent positive changes can lead to significant improvements in your overall health and well-being. Just Keep Going!!


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