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Successful Resolution Strategies

After quitting smoking, losing weight comes in second for the most popular New Years Resolution. With the cold weather, and end of the holiday season, January is a difficult time of year to make a big change in your life. Sadly, the majority of people fail at their goals within the first few months. However, planning for success can help prevent failure.

  • Set goals that are realistic, not just dreams
  • Set mini-goals to reach rather than one giant goal
  • Set dates by which you will reach a mini-goal
    • if you are not on track, reset and try again. Don't give up!
  • Set goals that are about the process, not the destination.

If you are starting a goal to be more active, here are some considerations for erxercise during the cold winter months:

  • Dress in layers, stay hydrated, and keep vulnerable fingers and ears covered if it is really cold
  • Be aware of the impact cold, dry air can have on the lungs, as well as our inversions and the air quality
  • Pay attention to slippery roads and sidewalks if you are outdoors
  • Consider doing indoor activities that you can do with your family, or have a workout partner to hold you accountable

Check out our Workouts on the Web, the CYH Healthy Recipes page and our Cook's Companion: A Guide to Healthy Cooking for more ways to help you reach your goal.

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