Happy and Healthy New Year
A new year is a new opportunity to live healthy and feel your best. Whether you’re making fresh goals or aiming to continue healthy habits you already have in place, the YMCA is a resource for healthy living of your spirit, mind, and body.
Get your 2017 off to a great start with these New Year tips!
- Set yourself up for success. Sources say only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s Resolutions. This is often because their new commitments are too complicated and not realistic. To keep you on track, make sure your resolutions are simple and attainable. For example, instead of saying “I am going to stop eating out at restaurants,” try “I will practice ordering healthy options at restaurants.”
- Find support. When you’re making resolutions, get support from others. Set goals that the whole family, your partner, and friends can get behind. Their encouragement can help keep you motivated.
- Get out of your comfort zone. Break up your workout routine with an exercise or class you’ve never tried before. Your body will burn more calories as it adjusts. And, aim to prepare one new healthy recipe each week. Trying something new can increase your interest in eating healthy.
- Be more inclusive and less exclusive. Focus on what you can add to your diet rather than what you should eliminate. Incorporate more wholesome vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and whole grains.
- Get organized. Scheduling your workouts as you would any other task can help keep you accountable. Also plan your meals in advance so you will be less likely to grab take-out if you’re rushed or tired.
- Prep meals. Plan a day each week to create lunches and dinners for the whole week. This will decrease stress and promote healthy habits for the whole family.
- Do what makes you happy. Don’t fight your feelings.Do activities that you find fun and eat foods that you find appetizing. You’ll be more likely to stick to a health regimen if you enjoy what you’re doing.
- Make a 2017 vision board. Keep your commitment strong by posting pictures, words, and statements on a poster board. Hang it where you can see it easily, and look at it every day for inspiration.
We hope these tips help get 2017 off to a happy and healthy start!
Happy New Year!
Your friends at the YMCA
Nutrition expertise at the YMCA
Casey Spence and Pamela Cook, RDN, are helping members at the Littleton Family YMCA live healthy. The two dietary professionals are here to provide nutrition counseling, lead classes in healthy cooking and meal planning, and share helpful nutrition tips that can improve your overall health. If you’re struggling to meet your fitness goals, or you just want to start eating better, learn more about the Y’s nutrition programs, and look for regular YMCA emails on Healthy Eating at the Y.