New Year’s Resolutions. We’ve all made them. We’ve all broken them. We’ve all said “this is the year” too many times to count. So my advice this New Year? Don’t make one! It shouldn’t take a new year to prompt you to change your life for the better. After all, isn’t that what resolutions are all about? Resolving to eat better, exercise more, curse less, save more, et cetera.
Contrary to popular belief, January 1st does not have any magical properties. Start your resolutions any ol’ day of the year. The sooner, the better. Take the pressure of the whole stigma of “New Year’s Resolutions” and just make every day resolutions.
Take eating healthier for example. There are so many diets, fads, pills, and products out there claiming to help you drop 20 pounds in a week when all they really do is take your money and confidence. There are key elements of every “diet” that all the hype really boils down to. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Drink water. Cut down on processed foods and avoid trans fats. Eat lean protein.
And my number one rule? Everything in moderation. Cutting out an entire food group, such as carbs, will not be beneficial in the long run and will ultimately backfire. Vegetarians, pescartians, and vegans are the exception to this rule, but it can be very difficult to still obtain the correct amount of nutrients when you’re eliminating key food groups.
While we may have all followed the Food Pyramid in grade school, today’s best resource for healthy eating is choosemyplate.gov, issued by The United States Department of Agriculture. This is a great resource for basic do’s and don’ts of healthy eating.
In terms of exercising more, I can completely relate to how hard it is to motivate yourself to go out for a run or to the gym. The winter with its early nights and bitter cold make it an especially difficult time of year.
My advice: find a workout buddy. Whether it’s your friend, roommate, significant other, spouse, or a fellow athlete running in the park. I find it is easier to motivate yourself to go to the gym or get out and be active when you have a partner in crime encouraging you as well. You’re more likely to opt out of a workout when it’s just you, and your subconscious is persuading you a glass of wine and re-runs of Real Housewives is much more beneficial to your well-being (oh wait, is that just me?).
The nation’s most recent fitness craze, CrossFit has become such a movement largely because of the community it has created. If you’re looking to join the CrossFit community, stop by area gyms that offer a variety of CrossFit Programs including Rogue Fitness, Ohio Fit Club, or Ohio Krav Maga & Fitness. Another great resource for community athletic events is Active.com, where you can find local activities ranging from marathons to soccer leagues.
So whether you are trying to eat right, get fit, read more, drink less, or save money, why wait until January 1st to implement all these good habits? We should strive for good habits every day, all year long. This year, ring in 2013 with less promises and more action. And resolve to make no more New Year’s Resolutions.