As we wrap up another holiday season, 2017 is just around the corner.
Another year. Another opportunity to set goals and make plans.
According to Nielsen, the most popular New Years resolutions have previously revolved around our health. We all want to be healthier, after all!
Here are two doable resolutions we can work toward to help us improve our lifestyle choices and our eating habits so that we can be as healthy and fit as possible!
Reduce portion size
When it comes to our eating habits, it seems one of the biggest problem we have in America is portion size. Restaurant entrees are often big enough for two or three people and we eat it all in one sitting without thinking twice!
There are many practical ways to reduce portion size:
- When eating at home, you can use smaller plates.
- Refrain from going in for seconds or thirds at every meal—if you’re still hungry after eating everything on your plate, grab some extra fruits or veggies to munch on.
- When eating out, consider splitting your meal or taking half of it home to eat later.
- Munch on some healthy snacks throughout the day so that you’re not so prone to overeating at mealtimes.
Remember that you don’t need to feel stuffed to the brim after every meal!
Set realistic goals for physical activity
Everyone should be engaged in some kind of physical activity. It’s important to get off your bum and get moving! But you’re not doing yourself any favors by setting unrealistic goals for yourself.
Going from no activity to pledging to work out two hours every day is setting yourself up for failure. All this will do is discourage you.
Start out small! Something as simple as twenty minutes a couple times a week is better than nothing. Once you get in a routine, you can slowly increase your goals to work your way up to where you want to be.
Find a goal that sounds like a reasonable and doable starting point for you, and do it! Don’t worry too much about whether it’s enough or whether you should be doing more. The hardest part is often just getting started!
Certainly there’s a lot more to health than portion sizes and a little bit of physical activity. But if we can get these doable resolutions down, we are off to an excellent start to a healthier way of living!