Yes, that hyphen is on purpose. Every year on January 1, we come up with the same solution to all of our woes…we attempt to re-solve the problem by doing what didn’t work last year, or the year before that or the year before that.
What if this year we simply make a real, lasting, change?
If your problem is that you’re overweight, don’t eat well and are suffering the consequences for it, it’s time for some real change. Here are 3 ways to stop re-solution-ing and start solving.
- More = Less. More fruits and veggies = less of all of your problems. Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption accomplishes multiple goals. The increase in fiber helps us to eat less, increases the good bacteria in our tummies and can replaces the junk we usually eat for snacks. Rather than focus on giving up things in the name of better health, investigate how many good-for-you-foods you can incorporate into your day.
- Drink, drink, drink some more. As a general rule, we are dehydrated. This is especially true here in Alaska when it’s cold and dry outside, which leads to turning up the heat and more dryness indoors. Every time we exhale we lose moisture. The easy formula for hydration is to drink ½ of your body weight in ounces. If you weigh 150, drink 75 ounces. Sounds like a lot, right? It’s about 2 liters of water throughout the entire day. If it’s cold and dry or you’re working out, add another 16-24 ounces.
- It’s a marathon, not a sprint. No matter what your goals are, do NOT hit the gym every day starting January 1 or 2. Your weight and fitness didn’t get here in 3 weeks, you’re not going to transform your health in 3 weeks either. Remember, the goal of this change is to feel GOOD, not to be so sore from your first workout that you can’t get off the toilet or brush your hair. Take it one day at a time and give your body rest and recover time. Set an initial goal of 3 days per week, 40-60 minutes per day. Depending on what exercise you decide on and what shape you’re in, you may even start with less. Your goal is to workout today, feel so good tomorrow that you can’t wait til the next day to do it again. This sets up a positive reinforcement cycle that is much more likely to keep you coming back and improving for the long-term.
Happy New Year!