New Year, New You!

January brings thoughts of the Super Bowl, snow storms up north, and New Year’s resolutions. The most common resolutions are to lose weight, quit smoking, and exercise more. Unfortunately, more than 50 percent of these resolutions are not kept.

Behavior modification is not easy. And the older we get, the tougher it can be. But do not fear! It is not impossible. Success in sticking to your New Year’s resolution lies with a cognitive decision to adhere to your objectives. Allow yourself time to process your goals.

Next, clearly identify and set attainable goals with concise timelines. To exercise more regularly, you may establish a goal of exercising six days a week for 30 minutes each day. If you are sedentary, you may amend this goal to fewer days per week and less time each day. Achievable goals with stepping stones produce greater success with longer term sustainability. Tips to adhering to your goals may include keeping a journal, sharing your goals with a friend, establishing rewards, or joining a support group. Studies show that people who exercise in groups are more successful then those who engage in solo regimes.

It is never too late to make healthy lifestyle changes. Make this the year of the new you and the year you are successful with your New Year’s resolutions. Shell Point Retirement Community offers many options like group fitness and walking classes to its independent living and assisted living residents. Consider checking the gyms local to your area for fitness classes, or sign up with a personal trainer. Or, if straightforward exercise classes don’t hold your interest, try a yoga class or take up ballet. Often finding an activity that engages your mind is the key to building a lasting habit.