New year, new you? This time of year, it’s hard to escape the New Year’s resolution trap. Did you know that each year, only about 8% of people stick to their resolution? As a private practice dietitian, I think a big reason for that is because most people set punishing resolutions, committing to giving up things they love, or exercise routines that are impossible to keep up with.
If you really want to make permanent changes in the new year, think about positive New Years Resolution’s – health-promoting habits you can add to your life. When you focus on doing something simple and enjoyable, it’s easy to create a new habit. Here are 6 examples of positive New Year’s resolutions that will actually stick:
1. Find a workout you enjoy
Instead of picking a workout based on what burns the most calories, think about what kind of exercise (or movement, as I like to call it) you actually enjoy. Shift your mindset to think about the other more important benefits of working out – stress relief, feeling stronger, cardiovascular health, and flexibility, to name a few. Studies show if you’re not enjoying your workout, you’re not getting as much benefit from it. This new year, give yourself the freedom to try different types of movement and discover what’s fun for you. Consider less intense kinds of exercise, like yoga or walking. Or, look beyond the gym and try running, or going for a bike ride outside. Remember, there’s no right way to exercise, just what’s right for YOU!
2. Get in the kitchen more often
You don’t have to be an expert to learn how to whip up simple, tasty dishes that also make you feel good. Cooking at home helps you save money, get creative, and make healthier, more exciting meals. If you’re new to cooking, check out some of the Luvo hacks that use Luvo frozen meals as a starter, like this Hawaiian Un-Fried Rice with Shrimp and Edamame or Roasted Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Tomato Salad.
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3. Try a new recipe each week
Are you relying on the same recipes week after week? Remember, variety is the spice of life, and eating a wide variety of foods is an important component of good nutrition. Invest in a new cookbook, or check out a new blogger for inspiration. Pick out a new recipe each week that you’re excited to try – it may become a family favorite!
4. Allow yourself to eat foods you enjoy
Instead of going into the new year with intentions of giving up all your…