A healthy, happy new year to you and yours!
With the start of the New Year, about 45% of Americans make at least one resolution every year. According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, losing weight and staying fit & healthy were included in the top five resolutions made in 2014. On average about 75% of people maintain their resolution through the first week, 64% through the first month, and about 46% make it past the six month mark.
If you are one of the many Americans who have vowed to lose weight or become fit and healthy, focus on setting realistic goals and lean on family and friends to help hold you accountable. Here are some quick and easy tips and tricks that will ensure that you are part of the 46% still going strong in July and beyond!
Eat Breakfast. Your mom was right; breakfast still is the most important meal of the day. Not only does it provide your kids with the energy and nutrients that lead to increased concentration in the classroom, but it can be important in maintaining a healthy body weight.
Pour One More. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends consuming three servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy foods every day. On average, Americans are currently consuming less than two dairy servings each day, so adding in one more glass of milk would help meet the recommended three servings.
Refuel After Exercise. Chocolate milk provides nutrients that help your muscles refuel and recover after intense exercise, and it is a good source of potassium, an electrolyte that is lost in sweat. Low-fat or fat-free milk — including lactose-free milk — delivers a number of benefits, but you can also refuel your body with a cup of yogurt or even a serving reduced-fat cheese after your workout!
Move More. Making a New Year’s resolution doesn’t mean you have to resolve to run three miles every day, it means making small changes that will last a lifetime. Next time you’re grocery shopping, choose the farthest parking spot at the grocery store. At work, take the stairs as opposed to the elevator. Every evening, go for brisk walk after dinner.
Revisit An Old Hobby. You may have been the track king or queen in high school, but hung up your shoes when you entered the work force. Dust off those sneakers and get a move on!
Try Something New. Have you been itching to try out the Zumba class or yoga at your local health club, but not sure if it’s the ‘right fit?’ You’ll never know unless you try it out! Make a resolution to step outside your comfort zone and try some new moves; you just may surprise yourself.
Everyone has to start somewhere, so improve your health and wellness today by making lifestyle changes that will add years to your life. Your (future) grandchildren will thank you!