Realistic Resolutions

Set Achievable Goals

This time of year, we think about New Year’s resolutions. Living a healthier lifestyle often is at the top of the list.

To increase your chances of sticking to your resolutions, think about what you’ve learned from your past resolutions. Were your goals realistic, or a bit too ambitious? Keep these things in mind as you make your 2017 resolutions.

Now, write down your goals where you can see them daily. Keep them SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, reasonable and timely.

Be specific

  • I will walk 30 minutes on Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • I will take the stairs instead of the elevator in my office building at least once a day.
  • I will not opt for the closest parking space when I go to the grocery store.
  • I will drink one less sugary drink each week until I hit zero.
  • I will lose 5 percent of my body weight by June 1.
  • I will add at least one fruit and one vegetable to my plate each day.

preparing food

For tips on healthier meal prep at home, click here.

Get Fit During Ads

Establishing an exercise routine doesn’t mean you have to hit the gym every single day.

Instead of changing the channel or fast forwarding through TV ads, get in a quick workout.

Do a combination of these exercises during each “time-out”:

  • 5 push-ups
  • 10 squats
  • 10 lunges (per side)
  • 30 seconds of jumping jacks