Friday, January 17, 2014

7 Tips for Setting & Sticking to a Healthy New Year's Resolution

Cori Kitaura of the Lake County General Health District visited the library Wednesday to talk about some of the ways people can stick to their New Year's resolutions to be healthier.

Some people want to lose weight. Others want to eat better. Some just want to feel fitter.

Either way, Kitaura offered seven tips (via Cleveland Foodbank) that can help. Those tips are:

1. Make a specific goal. Don't just say you want to exercise more. Specify how many days a week you're going to exercise and for how long.

2. Phrase your goals positively. Don't say, "I want to eat less junk food." Say that you want to eat more fruits and vegetables.

3. Write your goals down. Then put them in a place where you can't ignore them: your wallet, your bed stand, as the background on your computer.

4. Be reasonable with yourself. It's good to have big goals, but make sure you give yourself small goals on the way to your big ones. Don't try to do everything at once. All you'll do is overwhelm yourself.

5. Tell your friends about your goals. This (like Tip #3) is another way to keep yourself accountable. Also, the more people you tell, the more support you will have.

6. Forgive yourself if you make a slip-up. You can miss one workout or eat one chocolate bar and the world won't collapse. Lifestyle changes take time.

7. Quality over quantity. Just set one or two goals and focus on them. If you stretch yourself too thin, you'll stress yourself out and that might do more harm than good.

Here's a weekly meal planner that may help you with your resolutions.

The LCGHD will return to our Main Branch on Feb. 5 to talk about heart healthy diets. As always, the talk is free and open to the public. You can register for it here.

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