Watch Out! These Resolutions Are Unhealthy!
By Sara Butler
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably made a commitment in 2017 to be healthier in order to be happier. That’s a great thing to endeavor to do, but many people don’t know how to go about it in a healthy way. There are some really common resolutions made by people that will actually have the opposite effect than what you desire. Here are some resolutions you should avoid if you want to make health a priority in your life.
Committing to a new exercise program is a common resolution, as evidenced by all the new faces you see at the gym in January every year. While getting gung-ho about exercise is admirable, exercising too much can be a problem. You can’t go from couch potato to marathoner overnight because improved fitness is something you must ease into gradually so you can avoid injury and burnout.
What you should do instead is commit to going to the gym just two or three days per week. That’s a manageable goal that will make it easier to stick with and get you better results.
Many people look at carbohydrates as minions of the devil when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, but that’s just not true. Complex carbs and whole grains are part of a healthy and diverse diet. If you commit to cutting out carbs this year, then it will be to your detriment. Your body needs carbs in order to function at its best.
The best approach if you’re concerned about carbs is to look at the kind of carbs you’re eating. Your best bet is going to be to focus on whole grains and skip out on the highly processed and refined carbs. That means fewer cookies and more beans!
Quitting Cold Turkey
Whatever your vice – soda, cigarettes, or a deep and abiding love of potato chips – you usually will have less success quitting it cold turkey. Doing that is likely to leave you feeling deprived and more likely to break down and give into the craving.
Instead, try to slowly wean yourself off of things you know are bad for you and replace it with healthier habits. Instead of your one soda pop a day, go for flavored seltzer water in its place. Instead of potato chips, try air-popped popcorn. The point is, find a healthy alternative to whatever it is that you identify as an unhealthy problem in your life.
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