Lifestyle, Wellness

3 Alternatives to New Year’s Resolutions

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Have you ever noticed how you don’t really hear about New Year’s resolutions in June? New Year’s resolutions can be a great opportunity to hit the reset button but, if you’re looking to try something with a little more staying power, check out these three alternatives.

Try something new every month. Last year at this time I tried cutting out something that I enjoy, only to completely overindulge on that something and then feel guilty about it. This year, instead of cutting things out, I’m focusing on adding one new, healthy activity every month. This includes snowshoeing in January, a charity race in March and a hike on a new local trail in September.

Set a SMART* goal to complete by the end of March. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. If you achieve this goal by the end of March, set a new one for the second quarter of the year. If you don’t achieve it, modify and try again.

Cut and burn…calories, that is. The TOPS Million Pounds Mission, which launched this week, encourages members to cut 100 calories daily and burn 100 calories daily. This can lead to a 20-lb. weight loss over the course of a year.

After all of the holiday treats and indulgences, it can be tempting to want to overhaul your lifestyle with drastic changes. Instead, why not focus on small changes that will last, not just until June, but all year long?

*Members, find a SMART goal worksheet on page 5 of your My Day One booklet.