Many people often use the start of the New Year as an impetus for change, or at least attempts at change. Resolutions are made to lose weight, get fit, quit smoking, watch less TV, get more sleep, drink less alcohol, reduce stress, change jobs, etc. Sadly, too often these very good intentions fall by the wayside in a very short period of time.
This is too bad because it really would be a good thing if this is the year that you resolve to commit to your health. And stick to it. Doesn’t have to be drastic – choose one small lifestyle change that is realistic. For example, increase your daily activity, eat more fruits and vegetables, decrease the size of your dessert, get 30 minutes more sleep, etc. Once your new habit is well established, add another small lifestyle change and so on. Eventually, you wouldn’t be able to imagine going back to the way you used to live!
Perhaps it would help if you pictured the state of your health in 5, 10, or 20 years. How healthy do you want to be? Do you want to be overweight? What level of mobility and functioning do you want? While there are some things beyond one’s control, there are many thoughtful choices you can make to help contribute to better health.
So please, let this be the year you resolve to do what you can to live a healthier life. Remember to start small and do it. You won’t regret it – guaranteed!