|The ushering in of the New Year comes with big hopes and dreams. According to USA.gov, getting healthy ranks among the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Sadly, there’s only about a six-percent success rate for all resolutions. Maybe that’s because people are approaching it the wrong way. A News Years resolution shouldn’t be something you have to slave over. And when it comes to getting healthier a few good habits go a long way. The key to success in 2016 is creating good habits one small step at a time. Anybody can do it. Here are five simple steps to successfully get you started:|
2. Choose an eating habit: Health comes from the inside out. Consider a “no white food diet” or “no sugar diet.” Start small. Don’t eliminate everything at once (i.e. eliminate one sugar source for a week and then slowly eliminate another and week by week have less sugar).
3. Choose a mindful exercise: Try a new activity that gets your mind and body working together, such as pilates or yoga. Again, start small, these are habits you’re developing for a lifetime. No need to feel like you need to go everyday, that just adds more stress and pressure. Commit to one class a week, adding more as your habits change.
4. Everyday activity habit: Set ten minuets to move on your own. No gym required. Come up with something you can do first thing when you wake, or during a lunch break, or when needed to reconnect physically. An example would be to create a sit-up challenge, or push-up challenge followed by a few stretches.
5. Be accountable: When it does get hard, check in with your intentions. Remember you set these goals to make a better you.
At Align Pilates Center we strongly believe your health and quality of life is a worthwhile endeavor. Take one small step at a time and be consistent, in turn we believe it will be a happier and healthier year.