Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wellness Wednesday - Resolutions

So many people make resolutions to eat better and lose weight in the coming year.

Is that you?

How is it coming?

We all should be eating healthier and exercising more, but are you sabotaging yourself?

Here are some simple and basic hints to get you started:

1. Fill your fridge with healthy food. No-brainer right? But, seriously - clean and cut up fruit and veggies so they're easy to grab. Toss some hummus in the fridge for dip cravings. Take it out of the house people! Keeping junk food in the house is like keeping crack in the house of an addict...it just doesn't work. You need to take away the temptations!

2. Meal plan. If you're meals are planned, you're less likely to go out because you have no ideas for dinner.

3. Move for 10 minutes a day. Give yourself a goal to exercise for 10 minutes every day. Sometimes that's all you need to get started. If your goal is an hour, you'll quit when it gets hard. If your goal is 10 minutes, you can push through and continue longer if you feel like it.

My suggestion for exercise is short bursts MOST days. Some days may be stretching, but I believe you need to make exercise part of your DAILY routine, not just 3 times a week. If you only exercise SOMETIMES, it doesn't become a habit like brushing your teeth or making your coffee. If you do it every day, you're less likely to skip and tell yourself you'll do it tomorrow.

That may seem difficult, but all I'm suggesting is to start at 10 minutes. Go for a brisk walk around the block, do some jumping jacks and sit ups, or, if you have Comcast OnDemand try their MANY workout videos - some of which are only 10 minutes.

No excuses.

Get healthy!

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