Slow and steady wins the resolution race

From the crowded gyms, packed cardio classes, and long lines at the salad bar, I can tell people are trying to make good on their New Year’s resolutions. People make big resolutions to work out every day, lose a huge amount of weight, cut back on calories, fat, etc. And while working out and eating healthy are great goals, many people make unrealistic resolutions that set them up for failure before they even begin.

The best resolutions are ones that challenge you but are also doable

Instead of saying you’ll work out every day, try to just keep a consistent workout routine. Studies have shown that just 30 minutes of exercise a day is sufficient if you are looking to maintain your weight.

Want to lose weight? Add some minutes to your time at the gym.

Trying to live on salads alone? It won’t last long

Instead, add more fruit and veggies to your diet. Try a vegetable you’ve never had before. Until recently, I had never tried kale. I’m now a kale fanatic. Not only is it a great source of vitamins and nutrients, it’s also associated with low cholesterol levels, reduced risk of heart disease and some cancers, as well as healthy eyes. Find a vegetable you’ve never had before and search for a new recipe. You just might find a new favorite dish.

A regular fitness routine has more than just physical benefits

A 2010 study1 showed that adults who worked out regularly had lower rates of depression than adults who didn’t work out consistently.

This year, my resolution is to pack my lunch at least four days a week. It helps me control what I eat, gives me the chance to try out new recipes, and helps my wallet too. It’s something I can stick with for a while, but isn’t too difficult.

Did you make a New Year’s resolution? Are you finding it hard to stick to?

1 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1741-6612.2010.00441.x/pdf