Developing healthy habits in the new year

Healthy new habits may be on your list of New Year’s resolutions, but sticking to them can be challenging.

Posted: Dec. 29, 2017 12:54 PM
Updated: Dec. 29, 2017 12:54 PM

Healthy new habits may be on your list of New Year’s resolutions, but sticking to them can be challenging.

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If you’re looking to develop new, healthy habits for the New Year, you need to start with commitment and consistency. Breaking in a new habit can be a challenge, but repetition helps it become the norm.

For instance, the first few days at a new gym or morning workout routine can be rough. That's why experts suggest you start small with your goals.

Take a walk at the same time every day, and extend the time and distance gradually. No one expects you to go all in on day one, and you shouldn't either.

If you don’t currently have a regular meal schedule, you should look into changing that. Eating your meals and enjoying healthy snacks at the same time everyday can improve your metabolism. That's why it's important not to skip meals to save calories.

Know your limits, and don't set unreasonable goals. If you want these new habits to become a part of your daily routine, just remember, dedication is key.

A local fitness instructor says the key to sticking to a routine is finding an activity or class that's fun as much as it is challenging. Group workouts can be one way to help you stick to it.

“Especially this time of year, it's dark out, it's cold out. We come up with every excuse in the book not to get to the gym or get to that class,” said Jen Venezio of Body By Design in New Hartford. “So, it really is psychological. If you find a friend, or you meet somebody at your fitness facility, or again, you have some type of incentive that you're working towards, it’ll make it that much easier. But it really is about telling yourself that you need to get there.”

Venezio says that for a moderate exercise routine, 150 minutes of exercise per week is recommended. However, she says any amount of time at the gym beats sitting on the couch.

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