The holiday decorations are put away, and the stores are starting to carry Valentine’s Day candy; it’s the time of year when many people’s New Year’s resolutions go south. Many of us, after embarking on unrealistically Spartan regimens, fall off the wagon with a vengeance. After a month or so of abstaining from practically everything we enjoy, we are much more likely to binge on unhealthy food and to completely abandon fitness programs.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Part of the problem is in setting unrealistic goals from the outset. If you aim, for instance, to cut out all fats and sugars and to exercise for at least an hour every day, you’re setting yourself up for failure. That kind of regimen is just not realistic for most people to maintain.
Even if you’ve abandoned your resolutions, it’s never too late to take some baby steps and make some healthy changes. Rather than aiming to eliminate all sugars and fats, try reducing them. At US Connect vending machines, look for the apple/heart logo of our nutrition program: The Right Choice… For a Healthier You™. Instead of a plain salad with just vinegar, try a healthy, protein-rich salad with whole grains and chicken breast. Or boost energy with the healthy fats in nuts; just avoid those that are coated with sugar or salt.
Most busy professionals don’t have the time to exercise a full hour each day. However, that’s no reason to abandon exercise completely. Even a 30 minute walk a day can have significant health advantages. If you can’t dedicate a large chunk of time to exercising every day, try walking for five minutes at the end of every hour. Go take a walk around the block, or if the weather is lousy, even spend five minutes walking around the office or up and down the stairs. Not only will you be getting some exercise, but you’ll also be helping your back from the strain of sitting all day.
It’s almost February, but that’s no reason to flush New Year’s resolutions down the toilet. Make a new resolution today to take small steps for your health; your body will thank you!