2016 is upon us. Every year we all make new resolutions to better ourselves in this brand new year. Some people managed to keep their resolution, but most give up on theirs. University of Scranton states in 2015, 40% of all American make New Years resolution , but only 8% of people adhere to their new year resolutions.
There are approximately 35,000 people residing in the city of Tarzana. This means out of the 14,000 people that make resolutions, only 1120 actually keep their resolution. We at the Cardiovascular Institute encourage everyone to make new resolutions about health and to adhere to them. Lets talk about some changes we can make to make sure you are in the 8%.
- Better Diet:
Everyone is trying to eat healthy. But the first step to doing so is to get knowledge about what is healthy.
- Better Exercise:
The best way to start exercising, is to actually start. Procrastination is your worst enemy. Although gym membership are great, you can get great exercise at home. We encourage at least 30 minutes to an hour of exercise a day. For recipes, exercises and overall healthy living tips, please refer to our book online, From Our Heart To Yours.
Now that you know what to do, how do you do it? We encourage writing down your plans for a healthier diet and exercise. Make realistic plans for each day and stick to your plans . According to University College of London. It takes 66 days to form a habit. The American Psychological Association recommend these guidelines to adhere to your resolutions for those 66 days:
1) Start small
Make resolutions that you can keep. If you want to exercise more frequently, schedule three or four days a week at the gym instead of everyday. If you would like to eat healthier, try replacing dessert with something else you enjoy, like fruit or yogurt, instead of seeing your diet as a form of punishment.
2) Change one behavior at a time
Unhealthy behaviors develop over the course of time. Thus, replacing unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones requires time. Don’t get overwhelmed and think that you have to reassess everything in your life. Instead, work toward changing one thing at a time.
3) Talk about it
Share your experiences with those close to you. Consider joining a support group to reach your goals, such as a workout class at your gym or a group of coworkers quitting smoking. Having someone to share your struggles and successes with makes your journey to a healthier lifestyle that much easier & less intimidating.
4) Don’t beat yourself up
Perfection is unattainable. Remember that minor missteps when reaching your goals are completely normal. Don’t give up completely because you ate a brownie and broke your diet, or skipped the gym for a week because you were busy. Everyone has ups and downs, you just have to resolve to recover from your mistakes and get back on track.
5) Ask for support
Accepting help from those who care about you and will listen strengthens your resilience and ability to manage stress caused by your resolution.