Most people fail at their dieting or exercise resolutions because they have set unrealistic goals. Upon hitting a roadblock (going off a diet or missing an exercise session), they give up, using the detour as an excuse to pack it all in.
Instead of setting huge goals that few can achieve, aim for success by finding small changes that you can actually stick with. Try to make just one change a month, and your success will keep you motivated, making a healthier you.
- Give up one soda a day: This will save you over 54,000 calories a year, which can help you lose 15 pounds!
- Drink two glasses of water before one meal each day. You are likely to eat 100 calories less at that meal; adding up to a loss of another 10 pounds a year.
- Switch the milk in your coffee to skim, or even better; drink it black. That small amount of whole milk (or cream) can add up to 100 calories a day.
- Go for a 20 minute walk after dinner. Even a leisurely pace can burn up to 60 extra calories, adding to a loss of about 6 pounds in a year.
- If you are exercising, add one interval session a week. Intervals (see post from Sept. 30, 2010) will help you burn more calories before and after exercise.
These are just a few ideas of relatively easy ways to improve your health. The important thing is to pick something you can succeed at. Try just one at a time, and you will find that thinking small can lead to big results.