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3 tips to help you get a head-start on your healthy new year’s resolution



Don’t be a statistic! According to Psychology Today “Research has shown that, after six months, fewer than half the people who make New Year’s resolutions have stuck with them, and, after a year, that number declines to around ten percent.” We all think of a new year’s resolution of some kind of life changing event, but never see it through. Let’s not wait until January 1st! Let’s start today! Here are 3 tips to help you fulfill your healthy lifestyle change:

  1. Find a buddy – accountability is the name of the game. Find a friend who is as eager, if not more, to achieve goals with you. This way you will both be accountable to each other and push/motivate one another on those inevitable lazy days! It’s always better to go through the ups and downs of a healthy lifestyle change with a friend, rather than solo.
  2. Set an attainable goal: set goals that are  not too easy but are realistic for you to achieve. Don’t set out to lose 15 lbs in a month if you are just starting to implement change. Failing to meet this goal will discourage you from grinding it out in the month(s) to come. Setting out to lose 5 lbs and losing between 5 lbs and 10 lbs is more realistic and even better motivation to keep going. It’s always better to over-deliver on lower expectations, as long as they are not too low 😉
  3. Reward yourself – every time you set and reach a goal – reward yourself! If you planned on going to 3 spin and 2 yoga classes this week and pulled it off like you knew you would, treat yourself to a cheat meal (a meal, not a day! Wipe that drool from your lip) and eat whatever you want. Or how about buying yourself a new workout outfit or shoes? I’m sure it will give you even more of a reason to go to the gym (Look at you, show-off!)


Dr. Rashaad

Posted on November 20th, 2012 [active lifestyle, Activity, Chiropractic, Cycling, Exercise, Fitness, Golf, Health and Wellness, Injury, Pain, Running, Sports]