Exercising more is one of the most popular resolutions people make for the new year.
For many, the new year means new beginnings. Research shows more than 100 million Americans resolve to change their behavior every January, but only one-third of them succeed.
Soul Cycle instructor Nick Oram says part of the reason is that some resolutions are just unrealistic. You should set goals that you can actually reach.
"I need to lose 30 pounds, but I'm going to give myself a year to do that. And I'm going to work two pounds a month, which is moderate to average and totally attainable," Oram advised.
Another tip-- say you are going to eat better and healthier, not diet. At first, pick one or two foods to limit, and then add more.
"If you're putting milk into your coffee, instead of doing whole milk or half-and-half, try skim," Oram suggested.
You'll also want to reward yourself for your accomplishments. It will keep you motivated and looking forward to your next goal. But experts say don't make bad food your reward for being good.
Also, keep a log to keep you honest. Track everything from food to exercise to sleep habits, be it positive or negative.
"That's when it really becomes a reality for people," Oram said.
And allow yourself room to make mistakes. If you slip up, just get back on track quickly. Don't wait until next year to make another resolution.
Along with a healthier lifestyle, it's recommended you make those doctors' appointments you may have put off last year.
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