5 healthy resolutions you'll want to keep

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Kat Tancock, Special to QMI Agency

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If your resolutions never last, you might be setting the wrong goals, says Vancouver personal trainer and Lululemon staffer Robert Tubajon. "Try not to change the world in January," he suggests. "Start small and then build from that." One problem, he continues, is resolutions that are so vague, it's hard to track progress and easy to get discouraged. Another challenge, says triathlete Brendan Brazier, author of The Thrive Diet, is resolutions that feel like punishment. "Find what you like," he says. "You want this to become a lifestyle."

Ready to really get healthier? Here are some resolutions you'll want to stick to.

If you want to... get more exercise

Resolve to... try a new activity every month this year

Make this the year you discover a fit pursuit you enjoy. Dance classes, water aerobics, karate, rock climbing – if you sample enough activities, you're sure to find one that keeps you coming back for more.

If you want to... spend more time with family and friends

Resolve to... host a monthly potluck dinner

Make use of extra motivation in January to set yourself up for the whole year, suggests Tubajon. If socializing is your goal, book dates and send invites now, before everything else gets in the way.

If you want to... eat better

Resolve to... make one healthy change at a time

Vague promises to eat better are sure to garner vague results. Instead, pick one healthy behaviour and make it a habit before moving on to the next. Brazier suggests drinking a homemade smoothie a day. "You can make them taste like whatever you want," he says. "Put in flax, chia, hemp or anything else that is good and nutritious."

If you want to... lose weight

Resolve to... keep a food diary for two weeks

"Start off slow in January," says Tubajon. Rather than reacting to holiday excess with a crash diet that's doomed to fail, take time to assess your eating habits methodically with a food diary – a weight loss technique that's been proven to work.

If you want to... be less stressed

Resolve to... book weekly "me time"

"Make sure you control the ability to work toward your goals," says Brazier. If removing what causes stress isn't attainable, then plan for how you'll deal with it, instead. Yoga class, an hour in bed with a good book, Saturday afternoon naps, a walk with your favourite music podcast – schedule it into your life rather than hoping it'll happen.

 


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