1. Allow yourself to eat in moderation.
When you are trying to lose weight, you don’t have to be so “black and white.” You can stay away from really harmful foods, like heavy fats and sugars, but you don’t have to cut out carbohydrates or calories all together.
2. Think outside the gym.
You can get exercise without enduring the costs of a gym membership. Many who try going to a gym for their resolution find it’s hard to make time for the journey, or feel uncomfortable working out in front of others. As the WebMD article states, you “don't have to end up that way if you're willing to step outside of a certain mode of thinking -- that exercise has to be done a certain way, at a certain place, at a certain time, and for a certain amount of time.”
Instead, consider going for a daily walk, or doing lunges, push-ups or other simple exercises in your own living room. The key is to stick with it daily. Plus, you can do it while watching tv or listening to your favorite music!
3. Keep an eye on your calcium.
This is a big one for females. No matter the age, introducing good sources of calcium can help your bone strength now and prevent Osteoporosis.
Here’s what the article suggests:
“To help prevent osteoporosis, Taub-Dix (as in Bonnie Taub-Dix, spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association) suggests getting at least three servings of dairy a day. Healthy sources of dairy include skim milk, low-fat cheeses, and yogurt. There are also nondairy options for calcium, such as canned salmon with bones, dark green vegetables, dried beans, and calcium-fortified juices and cereals. Calcium supplements can also help women meet their recommended daily intake.”
4. Keep up with your check-ups.
Preventative care is key to keeping out of the Emergency room. Be sure to stay up to date on all your check-ups and exams from your doctor. As quoted in the article, Cindy Pearson, executive director of the National Women's Health Network, says "Screenings can't prevent anything, but they can make treatment more effective.”
5. Shift the focus to you.
We tend to put our jobs, families and other obligations over ourselves. Take the time to get checked out, add exercise to your schedule, make good eating choices and make time for rest. This will help you handle the stress all those other things add to your life.
Finally, don’t be too hard on yourself. If you try and fail, pick yourself up off the ground and try it again. The important thing is to Keep Moving.