Man with his feet on a scale trying to lose weight.

A New Year, A New You

Man with his feet on a scale trying to lose weight.

Weight CC Photo Courtesy of Alan Cleaver

Love it or hate it, a new year is almost upon us. When the ball has dropped and the calendar is replaced on the wall, many begin to make New Year’s resolutions. According to Statistic Brain, 45 percent of Americans typically make New Year’s resolutions each year without fail, while 38 percent choose to avoid the resolution altogether. Of those, 24 percent who choose a resolution never meet their goal – only 8 percent of resolution makers actually succeed in sticking to their chosen resolution.

The most common type of resolution made by Americans each year is in some way related to bettering themselves, whether in terms of their career or health. 47 percent of resolutions are of this type. Are you someone who opts for the self-improvement resolution? Whether you are looking to get in better shape, or you plan to carve out time each month to visit spas in Windsor to treat yourself, the key to keeping your resolution is to keep it simple.

Smaller Is Better

If you set a lofty goal – for example, going from a size 16 to a size 4 – you might be setting yourself up for failure. The best way to make your lifestyle healthier is to take small, easy to repeat steps, adding something new once they become habit. You’ll notice that once you’ve adjusted to your lifestyle change, each new change will become easier and easier.

Setting these types of goals brings its own rewards, but you need to ensure you reward yourself if you press on and stick to your goals. (Maybe with monthly massages in Fort Collins?) How can you keep it simple to ensure success? Here are some small changes you can make in your everyday life towards a healthier you:

  • Choose the stairs. The simple act of opting to take the stairs instead of the elevator makes a huge difference. Not only will you burn more calories, you’ll work out your cardiovascular system leading to better overall circulation and fitness.
  • Park farther away. Skip the up-front spots at the mall and park at the back of the lot, increasing the number of steps you take for the day.
  • Keep your weight loss goal small and simple. Instead of saying “I am going to lose 50 pounds this year,” set your goal for a pound per week or a few pounds each month. In this way, your brain doesn’t begin to think negatively. It seems a lot further from your reach when you set large goals, leading one to stop working towards weight loss altogether.
  • Don’t deprive yourself. Is your goal to eat less sugar? Instead of purging your house of anything containing the toxic substance, try taking away one sweet item at a time. It’s more effective to slowly wean yourself than it is to take it all away at once! And if you slip up, like when you just can’t say no to that chocolate glazed doughnut, don’t beat yourself up about it. Just allow yourself the treat, and press on with your anti-sugar goals. We are all human.
  • Cut your TV/computer time. This is especially true if you have a job that requires you sit at a desk all day long. Lack of activity all the time leads to a shorter lifespan than those who incorporate activity into their day, so set a daily step goal. If you find you’ve not met your goal, you have probably been sitting for too long that day.
  • Incorporate exercise wherever possible. You’re so busy with work and family life, you can’t imagine squeezing in time to exercise. By the end of the day, you’re ready for bed! It’s hard to grasp the concept that exercise actually does wonders for your energy level (it really does!), so don’t set yourself up for disaster by going all out with a crazy gym schedule you know you won’t keep anyway.

Instead, incorporate simple exercises into everyday activities, like squats while you brush your teeth in the morning and leg lifts while cooking dinner at night. Incorporate physical activity into your family time on the weekends – take a hike or family bike ride, or just play a game of basketball with the kids. In time, you’ll find your energy level increasing, and you’ll be ready to take the leap into working out more regularly, maybe even at the gym!

One of our many spa packages in Windsor can help you on your way to looking and feeling your best. If you haven’t already, consider incorporating regular visits into your routine. When you take the time to care for yourself, it becomes easier to care for your family!

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