New Year New You
Tips on turning your New Year’s fitness resolutions into reality.
By Luigi Gratton, M.D., M.P.H. Vice President of Medical Affairs and Education, Herbalife
With New Year’s here, chances are you
or someone you know is resolving to
lose weight or get in shape. Part of what
makes these such difficult resolutions
is that we expect to see results quickly,
and when we don’t, we tend to give
up. Getting in shape and becoming
healthier isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon
(but without all the sweating and
fatigue of an actual marathon). Staying
active, maintaining a healthy weight
and eating the right foods are lifelong
activities. Here are some ideas to help
you make living fit a part of your life.
1. Get specific
The more details you include in your
plan, the better your chances of success.
If you’ve got “exercise” or “eat better”
on your New Year’s resolution list,
you probably won’t be doing much of
either. That’s because “exercise” isn’t a
specific plan. Set aside 25 minutes each
morning, say between 6:45 and 7:10,
to stretch, walk or jog around the
block - whatever. Just be specific. For
eating better, schedule specific healthy
meals and snacks for specific times
throughout the day.
2. Make it routine
One effective way to introduce a new
behavior is to make it part of your day.
For exercise, set up a routine - maybe a
walk around your neighborhood each
morning. If you’ve resolved to lose
weight, replace lunch with a healthy
protein shake every day. The key is to
establish a routine of things you do at
specific times. The sooner it becomes
part of your day, the sooner it will
become part of your life.
3. Celebrate your successes
If you create specific plans for exercise
and healthier eating, and you make
them part of your daily routine, chances
are you’ll be seeing positive results.
Celebrate! You’ve earned it. And a little
pat on the back is a great motivator to
keep the good results coming - through
the next New Year and beyond.
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