by Amy Reiter in Healthy Tips, October 16, 2014
by Jason Machowsky in Healthy Tips, January 26, 2012
The new year may yet be months away, but for many of us, it’s the crisp days of autumn that feel like a true new beginning. Maybe it’s left over from that everything’s-ahead-of-us excitement that accompanied the start of a new school year when we were kids. New teachers, new friends – not to mention a new pencil box, maybe some new school shoes – meant a fresh chance to become the person we wanted to be.
Of course, nothing says we can’t capitalize on that fresh-start fall feeling even as adults. In fact, as Refinery 29 writer Justin Sedor recently suggested, following through on health resolutions may actually be easier to keep when the weather is more hospitable, before the temperature drops, the winter winds whip up, and the snow, slush and ice turn sidewalks slippery. Given this, Sedor suggested a series of “tiny tweaks” you could make to immediately improve your health.
- Keep tempting foods out of reach.
It’s nearly the end of January and maybe you’ve joined our Healthy Every Week January Challenge, maybe you’ve done your own resolution-thing this year. Regardless, the new year often brings a surge of renewal and positive change. We toss out all of the leftover holiday junk food around the house (or in the case of my cousin, offer leftovers to guests as they leave the New Years’ party). We are determined to choose the grilled chicken salad over the two slices of pizza at lunch and turn down dessert when we go out to dinner. We buy lots of fresh groceries on January 2nd and whip up great home-cooked meals, such as lentil soup and baked salmon.
For the first couple of weeks, life is good. We feel better and start to look better too! Then we go back to our old routines at work, with our families and in our day-to-day lives. As a result, our eating and exercise habits often go back to the old routines too. We (and our bodies) are the result of our habits and routines. The biggest challenge for most people is harnessing the momentum and enthusiasm from the first few weeks of January and taking steps to make sure some of those initial changes in January become permanent habits by February.