'Feeling good' may be best New Year's resolution
By Chris Halagarda,
Navy Fitness, Performance Enhancement Dietitian
For many Americans, it's that time of year to declare New Year's resolutions. Unfortunately, too many people have previously made the decision to start exercising, eat right and lose weight as a resolution but have failed. If you have made those resolutions in the past, ask yourself what went wrong.
Over the years, it has been my experience, when talking with thousands of people about nutrition and fitness, chances are they probably "bit off more than they could chew." Meaning: They set up unrealistic goals. Maybe you said you would go to the fitness center every day, never eat cookies or cake again or even eliminate soda from the diet.
But what you really need to do is set more specific goals such as: I will go to the fitness center or exercise at home at least three times each week. I will allow myself two cookies twice a week; or, I will have one soft drink a week. Be specific and realistic!
The other important change to make is to try to change your mind-set about fat loss and exercise. For instance, rather than focusing on the way you look, focus on how you feel. With a healthier diet and increasing the intake of essential nutrients, your energy levels will increase. The increase in "feel good" hormones will make you feel better and allow you to be more productive at work and at home.
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