I would venture to say that many of us have already started celebrating the Holidays! By celebrating, I mean eating more sweets as they are becoming more readily available with your co-workers, neighbors, and mother, all hard at work–BAKING! As much as we try to avoid them, they’re around every corner. It’s pretty easy right about now to begin saying “I’ll get back on track after the New Year” and go on chowing down for the next month. After all, everyone wants a fresh start, right?
Instead of packing on 5-10 pounds during the month of December, I have a proposition that may help you be a little more successful with your New Year Resolution. Don’t wait to begin a “diet” and start exercising, instead, spend the next month continuing to work toward implementing more healthy habits into your lifestyle. As opposed to making a New Years Resolution, make a resolution that the next year, starting today, will be the year you spend getting healthy and making life-long changes. The drastic change many people try to make as a New Years Resolution often leaves them burnt out by February and sends them right back to their old ways. To avoid this, continue to progressively make healthy changes in your lifestyle that will stick with you for years to come.
There are 39 days until January 1st–that’s more than a month jump start on the New Year. Use everyday to make a small change, as this will help you be more successful in the long run. Not sure where to start? Try one of these…
- Bring your own snack to work.
- Pack your lunch.
- Do 20 air squats.
- Go for a walk or jog.
- Throw away one unhealthy food out of your fridge or pantry.
- Play an active game with your children.
- Introduce yourself, your spouse, or your children to a new vegetable.
- Do 20 push-ups and 20 squats.
- Play an active game with your kids.
- Buy a bag of almonds and eat them…but not all in one sitting.
- Make a recipe from the site.
- Cut your soda (diet or regular) consumption by 25%.
- Drink 30 oz. of water today (at least).
- Park in the back of the parking lot and walk to the store!
- Replace 1 grain product with a piece of fruit.
- Do 20 sit-ups, 10 push ups, and 10 squats.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.
- Shut off the TV for an hour today.
- Go to bed 30 minutes early.
- Run to the end of your driveway and back 10 times.
- Do 20 walking lunges, 20 sit ups, and 20 push-ups
- Throw away 1 more unhealthy food from your fridge or pantry.
- Make a healthy dinner and watch a Christmas movie.
- Drink 50 oz. of water today–at least.
- Shut off the TV for the entire day.
- Make a healthy dish to bring to a Holiday gathering.
- Go sledding!
- Have a “cheat day!”-eat one of your favorite foods or desserts
- Take a long walk (you burn more calories when it is cold!)
Those are just 30 ways to implement healthy habits into your lifestyle! If you implement one per day and stick with it, you will be WELL on your way to getting healthier well before the New Year. Make this YOUR year to gain control of your health and make lifelong changes! START TODAY!