Sticking To Your New Year’s Resolutions

Sycamore Integrated Health

The holiday season is supposed to be a festive, enjoyable time with family and friends. But another aspect of this time of year is when people start to narrow down their new year’s resolutions.

A common reason for this tradition is because January 1 is the perfect starting point for a new personal or professional goal. Some people use this date to begin a new diet or fitness routine, to dive into a project at home, or learn something new. While this concept is proactively good, many people struggle to see it through to completion.

Whatever you resolve to do – especially if it concerns your health – the idea is to stick to it and make it work. For many, this can be a challenge. But Dr. Weston Loder at Sycamore Integrated Health points out some ways to make your resolutions easier to commit to.

“It’s important to have a vision of where you want to go. Use the SMART method. Make your goals specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-oriented. Write them down or read them every night and include action steps on how you’re going to achieve them.”

Two of the most common new year’s resolutions concern diet or exercise, or both.

A healthy diet and regular exercise routine are crucial to your overall health and wellbeing. But maintaining either can be difficult without the right mindset. It’s much easier to start with small improvements and build from there than to make big changes all at once.

“Hardly anyone ever ends up sticking to their diet,” Dr. Loder says. “Try to make smaller, progressive changes that you can stick with. Being healthy is a lifestyle, not an action. A good place to start is switching out unhealthy snacks and junk food with fruit. Changing your relationship with food helps as well. It should be looked at as fuel for your body, not a way to seek instant gratification.”

Similarly, the best way to start a new exercise routine is to begin slowly and work your way up. Fitness is a compounding process that cannot be achieved overnight. But as Dr. Loder explains, understanding the gradual benefits helps you settle into the routine more naturally, and you can start to incorporate simple exercises into your daily life, right away.

“Start slow and build up. Your workouts will look a little different than, say, an elite athlete. Do something that you enjoy and look forward to and will consistently stick to. Find ways to mix more exercise into your daily life like going for a walk during lunch, taking the stairs, and parking in the back of the parking lot,” Dr. Loder said.

Whether you are wanting to change (or begin) a new diet or fitness routine as a new year’s resolution, how you view the process is often the key to not just sticking with it but hitting your goals as well.

“One of my favorite quotes for people looking to make healthy lifestyle changes comes from Dr. Will Cole, a functional machine practitioner and author of several health related books, where he says, ‘don’t lose weight to get healthy, get healthy to lose weight.’”

These are just a few tips to help you set and achieve your goals for the new year. For more information or questions on how integrated health practices can help, visit www.sycamoreintegratedhealth.com or call 815-895-3354.

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