Looking to make some changes in your life in the New Year? Do you want to exercise more, manage weight better, and increase your overall health?
New Year’s is a great time to focus on new goals. Here are some ideas for when you go to set these goals:
Be realistic – losing half your body weight in a month isn’t going to happen (or if it does, it won’t be healthy), nor is exercising six hours a day viable for most people. Think about what you are likely to be able to do. Remember, you can always adjust goals as you go along.
Pick a buddy – many studies have shown that an exercise partner is a great way to keep you engaged and accountable for your goals. The idea of letting someone else down (or holding someone else back) can be a great motivator. You can also celebrate one another’s successes!
Choose an activity you enjoy – sure, swimming is great exercise, but not if you are afraid of the water or hate the cold in winter. Choose something that you enjoy, and can stick with. A, and feel free to shake things up. There are lots of seasonal activities (snowshoeing, cross-country skiing) that are great for mixing up your routine.
Convenience – if you make it harder on yourself to exercise, it is that much easier to make excuses. Your own treadmill or nearby walking trail make exercise easier – and excuses less excusable.
Need more ideas? On Tuesday, January 9th, doctors, dietitians, exercise experts and other clinicians will discuss weight management and physical activity goals at KUTV and Intermountain Healthcare’s “Ask the Expert.” Tips and suggestions will be offered throughout the day on channel two, with experts providing interviews during news and other broadcasts.
If you have your own questions, our panel of experts will be answering your phone calls from noon until 5:30 p.m. at 1-877-908-0680. You can also submit questions via Facebook and Twitter using #KUTVAskTheExpert.
For more information, visit intermountainhealthcare.org/asktheexpert. You can also review the Intermountain Healthcare LiVe Well page for suggestions on healthy habits, or follow LiVe Well on Facebook or Twitter.