5 Tips for Building Healthier Habits
Al Waller: Welcome back everyone!
Quick question… Are you the type who is inclined to make New Year’s resolutions, and if so, are you the type that keeps them?
I think it’s safe to say a lot of people make resolutions every January with the best of intentions to keep them, and if I were to guess, most target improving their health by getting in shape, losing weight, or simply becoming healthier by establishing better eating habits.
Joining me is Mihaela Vincze, public health expert for nonprofit Transamerica Institute® to discuss how we can propel ourselves with a fresh start in 2022 by helping us reach those fitness goals with these five strategies.
Now Mihaela, I’m reminded of that old adage “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” because really, at the beginning of the year people are typically optimistic and full of good intentions to embark on journeys of achieving healthier lifestyles, which can unfortunately come up way short of the mark.
So, how can people get on track and stay motivated all year long?
Mihaela Vincze: That’s a good question, Al.
A study conducted by the University of Scranton found that 23% of people quit their resolutions after just one week. However, with some planning and preparation, many people can keep their resolutions going strong. Research published in Insights by Stanford Business shows that strengthening people’s sense of well-being can actually motivate them to lose weight or exercise more. Well, it makes sense because if you’re able to effectively cope with stress, you’re more likely to work out and eat healthy.
Al: Yes, and that’s encouraging and reaffirming because it does point out that healthy mind and body are credited for one’s overall well-being. And I confess, when I’m stressed, it’s easy to derail my routine of healthy habits. So then, how should we proceed in tackling this type of imbalance?
Mihaela: Do things that you like to do. If you could have fun while moving, you’re more likely to stick to it. You may also keep it up if you find it acting as an outlet for stress release. For instance, if you enjoy dancing, you could try a dance-based workout class like virtual Zumba.
If you prefer something more calming, an outdoor yoga class might entice you. It’s important to do what you like since chances are you won’t continue doing something you do not enjoy.
Also, if you’re like me and you find yourself getting tired of the same routine, try a variety of activities. You might shock yourself with what ends up sticking. I’m really enjoying weightlifting at home lately, and it’s something I thought wouldn’t jive with me before I tried it.
Al: Weightlifting, Mihaela? Count me as impressed!
And I agree changing up a workout routine makes a lot of sense. As I think I’ve mentioned in the past, I hit the gym on certain days each week but supplement …….