Revisit Your New Years Resolution

March 11, 2011

It’s already March and spring is just around the corner. Have you been keeping up with your New Year’s resolution?

It’s already March and with the weather getting a bit warmer and more outdoor activities on the way it’s time to revisit America's number one New Year’s Resolution… getting in shape!

Here are five tips to help you keep up the good work:

Vary your fitness routine. If you've been walking, try jogging. If you’ve been using light weights, increase your repetitions. By varying your routine, you’ll not only keep yourself from becoming bored, you’ll challenge your body in new, exciting ways.

Try something new. Sign up for a healthy cooking class, try some seasonal fruits and vegetables at the grocery store you haven’t tried before. Changing your lifestyle has never been more fun.

Add little snippets of exercise into your workday. Park far from your office building entrance or get off the subway/bus a stop or two early. Walk your memo around the building instead of e-mailing it. Every little bit adds up.

Make sure to eat a light, nutritious breakfast every day. Try this 1-2-3 punch of a little protein to wake you up a little carbohydrate for instant energy and a little fat to feel satisfied.

Create a true power lunch. Instead of pasta specials or multi-layer sandwiches, build your plate around salads, veggies and 2-3 ounces of protein. You’ll lighten your calories, and avoid a mid-afternoon slump.

If you’ve slipped up a bit on your weight loss plans, don’t give up. Try these five easy ways to get back on track:

Make a plan, be specific and realistic. Instead of vowing to go to the gym “more often,” write in a gym appointment for Monday, Wednesday and Friday on your daily calendar.

Set realistic goals. Add an extra fruit or vegetable to your day take a “walk break” instead of a “coffee break” at work or set aside 30 minutes a week to de-stress in healthy ways.

Expect progress, not perfection. It takes practice to develop new habits. Give yourself a break when you slip up, and make your lapse a learning situation for the next situation that arises.

Don’t deprive thrive. Use a moderate approach when choosing the foods you eat and preparing your meals. Pay attention to portion size balance higher-calorie foods with lower-calorie ones and you can still enjoy all your favorite foods.