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Tips To Ensure You Stick To Your Resolution For A Healthy Heart

The 1st of January every year brings with it, a renewed sense of optimism for change as we often believe a fresh start gives us a chance to reinvent our lives and ourselves. People from all around the world commit with determination to all sorts of virtuous goals, from eating healthy to losing weight and saving more money. We often keep a lookout for opportunities to wipe the proverbial slate clean and start again,  for a better life, for a better us.

However, the question is, how many of us actually manage to stick to our resolutions? The New Year can be the beginning of many exciting things but somewhere down the line, we tend to lose focus and with it, the possibility of implementing any of the changes we resolved to change. If you want your resolutions to stick, you need to be clear with yourselves as to “why” you want the change to materialize. This New Year, why not opt to make the best use of the opportunity for a fresh start that gives you a chance to reinvent your lives and to be a better version of yourselves.

Prioritize on Maintaining Your Health

In today’s fast-paced, work-obsessed world, getting enough exercise and staying healthy is extremely paramount. Good health is the foundation of everything you want to do in life and if you are not healthy, you will invariably end up spending a lot of your valuable time frequenting doctors and hospitals. You are alive because your heart is beating and this makes it imperative to incorporate a healthy lifestyle. As a matter of fact, it shouldn’t matter what your age or the season is; it’s never too late to add healthy habits to your daily routine. Now that you’re ready to rise up to the challenge, here are some tips that will help you fulfill your resolutions.

1.Start Small

Stop making yourself BIG promises. Avoid going in with an all-or-nothing mindset as when you slip-up, and you will, there will be no room for maneuverability. Instead, start small and try making resolutions which are realistically possible. If on a particular day you don’t feel like working out, then don’t! Don’t promise to make it up the next day because you will end up putting undue pressure on yourself. Instead, aim for flexible goals such as working out for three or four days a week at the gym instead of all seven.

2.Resolve to Change One Behavior at a Time

Most people don't realize that change doesn't happen overnight! Whether you’re trying to incorporate a healthier lifestyle, don’t expect immediate results. Instead, you need to keep in mind that real change happens slow and steady. It pays to remember that change is a process. Learning to live a healthier lifestyle is far easier when you change one small thing at a time instead of opting for wholesale changes.

3.Talk about it

Without sharing your experiences with friends or family, even extraordinary experiences can sound disappointing. Don’t hesitate to share your weight-loss or healthy-eating experiences with others as the hedonic value you glean from your experiences will only take flight if you relive your achievements or progress with others. Moreover, there are several seminars and discussions encouraging the adoption of healthier lifestyle choices conducted by top healthcare professionals and experts which can help add layers of richness to your achievements.

4.Ask for support

People often refrain seeking support as requesting help is often perceived as a sign of vulnerability. However, this couldn’t be further away from the truth. By seeking help when you genuinely need it, you can create a true sense of support and empowerment in your lives! Especially in cases where feeling unmotivated or overwhelmed by your health goals, you can always consider seeking professional help such as a nutritionist. You can always ask your family or friends to help you chalk out your goals and write them down so that you have a visual reminder.

Final Thoughts

This new year, step outside your comfort zone and stick to your resolutions. Simple dietary and lifestyle changes coupled with a bit of patience and determination can go a long way in helping you meet your resolutions while further ensuring you keep your heart healthy and functioning optimally at all times.

AN Dec 50/17

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