Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions!

Happy New Year! The holidays are over, and it’s time to start 2017 out on a positive note. At least 38% of Americans will make New Year’s resolutions this year. It’s a great time to adopt healthy habits for a new start. Unfortunately, many people lose steam a few months into the year and are unable to keep their resolutions.

Whether you’re planning on losing weight, quitting smoking or just making a promise to yourself to relax more, there are a few things you can do to make keeping your resolutions a little easier this year.

  • Be realistic about your resolutions. If you’re a full-time working mom, it may not be possible for you to make it to the gym 6-7 times per week. Instead, maybe make a resolution to work out from home a couple times per week and get to the gym for some alone workout time when you can.
  • Write it down. This is a big one. Studies prove that writing your goals down and outlining how you plan to achieve them makes you more likely to hit them. Plus, having an outlined plan will help you see how far you’ve come.
  • Break it down. Don’t overwhelm yourself by planning to do everything at once. If you make more than one resolution, for example, plan to spread your resolutions out throughout the year. Implement them one at a time to give yourself some time to adjust to each.
  • Tell people about it. When you tell your friends and family members about your resolutions, there’s an element of accountability that will help you stay the course. Make sure you tell people who will help you achieve your goals and positively influence you.

Try, try again. If you fall off the wagon, it’s not the end of the world. Just get back on it and figure out why the setback happened. Make an effort to avoid that situation in the future, and make sure to reward yourself when you do well. Making big life changes isn’t easy.

Staying Active this Winter

If one of your resolutions is to work out more or get healthier, it’s important to find fun winter activities that keep you moving. It can be so tempting to sit on the couch and eat comfort food when it’s cold out, but there are plenty of fun things you can do to keep your body moving. Try some of the following:

  • Shoveling snow. There’s a good chance we’ll get a snowstorm this year. If we do, make it a competition with your kids or significant other to see who can shovel the most snow the fastest.
  • Skiing or snowboarding. There are some great slopes around the area. Check out one of them and enjoy a day outside with the family. You may find that you fall in love with it.
  • Walk the dog. Dogs need to get outside no matter the weather, and most don’t get enough exercise in the winter months. Put on your warmest gear and head out into the neighborhood!

Still looking for a great neighborhood to walk your dog in? I can help you find it!

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