Keys to a Healthy New Year:

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Keys to a Healthy New Year:

It doesn't take a village, but it does take a plan.

Keys to a healthy new year - lbsIt’s 2016. Time for a fresh start, right? If you’re like most people, losing weight or living a healthier lifestyle are probably at the top of your Resolutions List. Ah, those New Year Resolutions: Easy to make, tough to stick to. The fact is, most people tend to break the healthy habits they’ve started to develop ‘round about February 1st.

So what can you do to stick to the New Year’s Resolution once and for all? A few tips:

1. Find Your Motivation. It’s not enough to just want to lose weight or live a healthier lifestyle. Why do you want to? To feel better in your clothes? To look better on that upcoming Caribbean vacation? To be around longer for your family? Determine what your motivation is and let it drive you.

2. Have a Plan. Wanting to look or feel better isn’t enough. You need a plan. Before you begin, identify your goal and how you’re going to attain it, whether it’s joining a gym, lacing up with a local running group or trying a new fitness class. Note: If you’re quitting smoking or changing your diet, you may need to consult with a professional to get started.

3.Get Real. Make your goal attainable. Don’t say you’re going to lose 50 pounds. Say you’re going to lose five pounds and go from there. Don’t try to run a mile your first time out if it’s been a while since your last run. Run to the end of the block or for five minutes and build each time from there. Also, share your goal with your friends. If other people know, you’ll be much more accountable to sticking to your goal.

4. Write it Down! Maintaining a food journal is incredibly eye opening. Write down every morsel that goes into your mouth and track what you’re drinking, too. (Those sodas add up.) There are plenty of online food and fitness trackers you can use. MyFitnessPal allows you to enter both your food and exercise.

5. Reward Yourself! This doesn’t mean inhaling a box of cookies. (Seriously, don’t do it.) Treat yourself to something you enjoy that doesn’t take away from your accomplishments. Buy yourself a new workout outfit to wear to the gym or go to the movies or (a healthy) dinner with a friend.


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