Chiropractic Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle

Making resolutions and setting new goals is a great way to start afresh, but change, particularly big change, is hard.  It can be really difficult to kick out old habits. As the stats show, nearly 80 percent of the people who made New Year’s Resolutions have already given up. And, in another few weeks, half of the people left will have forgotten all about it as well.

Most of us who made resolutions did so with a concrete goal in mind, including reaching a certain weight, eating healthy, hitting the gym, or giving up chocolate (ouch!).

Make A New Start In 2013

Yikes, it’s 2013! How did it get to be 2013 already? Where did the past year ago?

Even with the best of intentions at midnight on New Year’s Eve, resolutions are often a distant memory by February. The last traces of willpower are already starting to fading away. Only a small group find success.

So what do those in the small group of successes have that the majority doomed to failure don’t?

Accountability! You weren’t accountable to anyone!

Sure, you wanted to succeed. But, it’s easy to get persuaded by that nagging negative voice inside your head. You know the one. The voice that says you’ve tried this before. An accountability partner helps keep you focused and on track, even when you think you’re ready to throw in the towel. People who explicitly make their resolutions known are 10 times more likely to attain their goals.

Next time: Find one person who promises to hold you accountable. When you say you’re going to do something, this person follows up to make sure you’ve stayed true to your word. An accountability partner will help silence the saboteur in your head.

Involve your family. If you’ve got a family, find a way to involve them in your quest. Chances are your family will be very supportive.

Set realistic goals – While New Year’s resolutions are a great idea in theory, we tend to make them so challenging that most ideas are virtually doomed to fail. Research tells us that the majority of people have already cheated on their resolutions or given up on them altogether by the end of the first week of January. The main reason is difficulty. The average resolution aims high—really high. If you set realistic and smaller goals, you are more likely to achieve them.

For example, you say you are going to lose 40 pounds in one month. If you are trying to lose 40 pounds and you lose four, you’re disappointed. But if your goal is four and you lose six, you’ll be happy.

Make a plan – Without a plan, it’s unlikely that you’ll change anything in your lifestyle. Planning ahead will help stack the odds in your favor.

Plan for setbacks – should you happen to realize that your New Year’s resolution has fallen by the wayside (now or in the future), don’t beat yourself up. You’re not alone! Treating occasional slip-ups as a temporary setback – not the end of the resolution track. Let’s face it: No one is perfect. We all fall off the wagon at some point. You need a clearly defined plan for what to do when this happens and how you’ll get back on that horse.

Next time: Recognize that things will get hard and unexpected obstacles will get the better of you. That’s no reason to give up completely. Give yourself some leeway. Find ways to forgive yourself and reignite the passion.

Find strength in numbers – You don’t have to go it alone. Grab a friend and make it a group effort. You may want to walk with a friend, join a Yoga, or Pilates class or plan a group bike ride. The more the merrier! If you’ve been inactive for awhile, use a sensible approach and start out slowly to prevent injury.

Make one resolution at a timeStudies suggest that willpower is a limited resource. If you make too many resolutions, you won’t have enough willpower reserves to stick to all of them. People make all these different New Year’s resolutions, but they are all pulling off from the same pool of your willpower.  It’s better to make one resolution and stick to it than make five.

Maybe you have already given some thought to what you would like to accomplish or change in 2013.  Your St Paul MN Chiropractor is an excellent source for guiding you on a healthy lifestyle. They can offer advice on the right exercises to start for your current fitness level, diet, rest and perform chiropractic adjustments for optimum health.

So, Dear Readers, did you make any New Year’s Resolutions for 2013?  How are you doing?  Check out New Year’s Resolutions Can Work!

Just for fun! Google has also been asking people to post their new year’s resolutions to create this zeitgeist map – including resolves like ‘eat less’, ‘earn more’ and ‘grow a moustache’.