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Winter Weight Loss Hacks

By Rachel Carver

You were pumped up for your weight loss new year's resolution in December. But the February slump has made you second guess yourself.

Losing excitement this time of year is perfectly normal. But don't worry. Read on for some tips to jump start your weight loss journey this winter.

Embrace Change

You were ready to take action as last year ended. However, the new year brings new energy and perspective. This energy can rise and fall depending on what's going on in your life. It's important to be ready for this change so you can adjust accordingly.

Evaluate your goals. Ask yourself if your priorities need to shift based on your current circumstances. Establish a positive connection with your resolutions. You want something you will be able to stick with.

Evaluate Your Habits

Even detailed plans change. For example, if you only make it to the gym after work one out of three planned days because of a busy schedule, you might need to pick a different time to exercise. Maybe you could hit the gym before the office. If working out every day seems daunting, pick three days during the week that would work for you. You could then take advantage of weekends and not stress as much if you need to change your schedule.

Consider Your Workout

The key to achieving exercise success is sticking with your program. If you despise running but try to force yourself to run three days a week, you will most likely not complete these workouts.

If the workout itself is making you miserable, it's time to choose something else. Everyone is different, so it is perfectly acceptable to pick a different exercise program than your friends or co-workers.

Prioritize Sleep

Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night to function well. Regular sleep deprivation can impact our overall health and wellness, not to mention send our motivation packing.

Set sleep timers. Create a bedtime routine that helps you relax and fall asleep. Getting quality rest will make it easier for you to accomplish your goals.

Recognize Your Achievements

Even if your scale number has not recently dropped, you can still give yourself credit for other accomplishments. Maybe you got out of bed for a morning workout even though it was freezing cold. Maybe you started eating more vegetables and fiber. Adopting healthy habits can be very beneficial even if you do not lose weight.

The Bottom Line

If you are not where you want to be, don't panic. Gradually implement small changes, and celebrate your wins.

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

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