By Lauren Incarnato, Student Nutritionist
The new year has already started to fly by as January comes to an end and resolutions have either been abandoned or have integrated themselves into everyday routines. The bitter cold weather that we have been having lately makes even the smallest tasks-like walking to the dining hall or class-difficult to accomplish. Winter is a tough season to get through, but practicing and adding new healthy habits is a great way to make the time fly by. The new semester has just begun and the schedule that you make now will likely be the one you stick to for the next four months. Despite the cold, it is important to integrate new healthy habits into your daily life in order to assure for more permanence in the future!
A healthy lifestyle is more than just exercising a few times a week and eating salads. It is about balance, repetition and knowing what is best for your body. Determining what is best for you is a trial and error process which takes time and effort to perfect. A complex resolution is likely to set yourself up to fail, leading to discouragement and abandonment of the resolution overall. The best way to go about resolutions is to start small. Working up to a complex goal makes it both more attainable and much more rewarding than attempting to achieve it from day one.
If your resolution is to switch up your diet, eliminate one type of unhealthy food a week instead of eliminating all unhealthy foods at once. By allowing yourself to work up to your complex goal of cleaner eating, you are giving your body and mind time to adapt to the changes instead of just one drastic change overall.
If your resolution involves exercise, find the best ways to work up to your goal instead of starting right away. If your goal is complex, you could injure yourself before you even have the chance to achieve your goal.
Remember that you are capable of accomplishing great things this year. When you feel unmotivated or unsuccessful, find any way that you can to motivate yourself to continue in pursuing your goals and working towards the healthy and happy life that you deserve!
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