New Year Resolutions

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Posted by alegendre on 2013-01-7 10:18

Don’t you love the New Year? It almost seems like we can start all over and finally become that productive, successful, healthy, happy person we've always aspired to be, right? The trouble is that once we realize it takes time and that it is not always easy, the enthusiasm and motivation tend to fade away.

Did you know that public opinion polls tell us that two-thirds or less of individuals make resolutions and slightly more than half report that they keep them? That leaves a lot of unfinished resolutions.

This year will you be trying to do what so many have tried to do at the beginning of each year: to live a healthier life?

For many Canadians, the path to good health is not an easy one. Procrastination, family obligations, work demands, and lack of time and energy are only a few road blocks that might stand in the way of the best health related resolutions. 

Here are some tips to help you reach a healthier life:

  1. Show moderation, not deprivation
    1. Weight loss and better nutrition is often one of the main topics of resolution. The reductions approach is much more realistic than the all-or-nothing technique, which labels foods as “good” or “bad”. When people see certain foods as “bad”, they can end up obsessing about them. Rather than eliminating specific foods or entire food groups from your diet, concentrate on getting adequate servings of fruit and vegetables, lower fat milk and alternatives, lean meat and alternatives and grains – especially whole grains. This will help you reach your goal of achieving a more balanced healthy diet for yourself.
  2. Be up-to-date on your health exams
    1. Making a point to be up-to-date on health screenings may not sound like a very sexy resolution, but the results could help you live a longer and healthier life.  Ask at your annual check-up to see what you should be screened for.
  3. Add some exercise in your routine and get fit
    1. While being fit is a goal that most of us will strive for, it means different things for different people. Maybe it is to fit into your "skinny" jeans, be ready and able to run a marathon, make changes after a health problem, or simply to feel better. But one thing that no one can argue with is the fact that exercise plays a crucial role in living a healthier life. 

Whatever your goals are this year, the first step to succeeding in reaching them is to make sure they are realistic, achievable and well-defined. Then you can put some strategies in place to help you stick to your plan.

As for me, my 2013 Resolutions will be:

  1. Finish a cookbook I started working on about one year ago as a fundraiser for my kids’ daycare
  2. Get back into running shape following the birth of my third child at the end March and run a half-marathon in September 2013.
  3. Try to enjoy the moment instead of always thinking of what is next (I know this goal is not well-defined and measurable, but it is something I want to strive for).

Happy New Year everyone! Make this one a healthy one.

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