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Realistic Resolutions: Setting Healthy Goals

By Brandi Goodman 

Your resolutions for the year shouldn't be lengthy. You don't want to give yourself too much to aspire to so that you don't meet any of your goals. You also don't want them to be too large. Saying that you'll lose 100 pounds, for example, may be far too big of a goal to reach in just one year's time. You need to set realistic resolutions and give yourself healthy goals to meet.

Make One Change at a Time

Trying to have multiple resolutions doesn't usually work well. You end up trying to make too many changes at once and you can't stick with any of them. Make just one change at a time until you're comfortable with the switch. If your resolution is to get down two dress sizes, for example, then adding in 15 minutes of exercise per day can be how you start to get there. As you begin to feel comfortable with this then you can add more time or change your eating habits as well to help yourself meet your goal in the end.

Seek Support

It's difficult to meet goals if you have no one helping you. Encouragement and support from at least one other person can help you to stay motivated to keep going. Seek support when you're trying to make a healthy change. Have a friend make the change with you. Join an online support group where others are doing the same or similar things. Join a fitness class. There's lots of ways to get support through this process.

Celebrate Small Successes

Celebration shouldn't only come when you reach your final goal. Celebrate all small successes along the way. If you plan to lose 20 pounds, for example, then each pound lost should be recognized. It may just be one now, but it's a stepping stone along your path to more. Maybe you hope to quit smoking. Any day or week you smoked less than the one before, you can celebrate. Allow yourself to feel proud and use it as encouragement to continue.

Set healthy goals and realistic resolutions to help ensure you'll meet them. Choosing objectives that are far too difficult to accomplish will prevent you from completing them. A resolution to eat more servings of fruits and vegetables or to take a walk each day is far more healthy for your mind and body.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Roseville, Calif.

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