The start of the new year can be a great time to evaluate your lifestyle and think about how to improve your health and wellbeing. New year’s resolutions to eat better and exercise more frequently are incredibly common. And while we endorse this idea and appreciate people’s commitment to self-improvement, there can be potential downsides to being too gung-ho when it comes to your resolution.

nutrition, exercise, family practice doctors, educational, health care, family practiceAccording to a study recently conducted by Forbes, only 8% of people surveyed actually achieved their New Year’s resolutions. “New Year, New You” is a slogan you have probably heard a lot at the start of a new year. However, we personally think that it’s more helpful and productive to focus on small changes you can make on a day-to-day level instead of trying to totally overhaul your lifestyle all at once. 

As a result of the pressure some people put on themselves at the start of a new year to live up to their resolutions, it’s common to get frustrated, burned out, or even hurt by trying to push too hard. Trying to do too much too fast can be overwhelming, physically and emotionally. If your muscles aren’t used to strenuous physical exercise, they can be vulnerable to strains and other work-out related injuries. The same is true for dietary changes. It’s better to look at your resolution as a lifetime goal and part of your daily routine, as opposed to something that can be quickly checked off your list.

The following tips may help make your new year’s resolutions more attainable:

  • Instead of completely cutting sugar out of your diet, try to avoid certain sugary products (like sodas and juices) as a start.
  • Increase your consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Try adding one new green to your diet at a time.
  • Perform at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. However, remember that It doesn’t have to be all at once. Taking a 10-minute walk during lunch can be an easy way to sneak in some simple cardiovascular activity.
  • Find someone to work out with and hold each other accountable.
  • Set realistic, measurable goals from the start and adjust them as your activity and fitness level begins to increase.

We encourage anyone who wants to improve their health and wellbeing to be proactive when it comes to altering their lifestyle and making healthier choices. However, sometimes a slow and steady approach can be the best one. For more information or if you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our healthcare providers today, please contact Family Practice Center. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional health tips, news, and much more.