|Healthy 2010: Making resolutions stick
by Johanna Brandon
Every New Years Eve, I am reminded that I still do not know the words
to “Auld Lang Syne” and pledge that this will be the year I learn the
traditional song. Year after year, this fleeting thought is typically
where my resolution both begins and ends. While committing “Auld Lang
Syne” to memory is probably inconsequential, other resolutions are
often not. For those who vow to take control of their health,
maintaining New Years resolutions is of upmost importance.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), most Americans
gain about one pound over the winter holidays. This may come as a
relief to those who overestimate the poundage gained, but the report
goes on to suggest this extra weight is typically not lost. Holiday
weight often accumulates over the years and may significantly
contribute to obesity.
A 2008 survey published in TIME magazine reported 19 percent of
Americans made New Years resolutions to lose weight, and 10 percent
committed to increasing exercise. Unfortunately, the article also
reported that while 65 percent of those surveyed kept their resolution
for at least part of the year, another 35 percent never began.
Why do some people succeed in maintaining their resolutions while
others do not? In the realm of weight reduction, the reason likely lies
in the incorporation of lifestyle change. According to the Mayo Clinic,
lifestyle change begins with an honest evaluation of personal
obstacles. Setting specific, realistic goals targeting issues that have
previously sabotaged weight loss efforts is this first step. The
following is a list of tips for combating common obstacles in a way
that promotes lifestyle change. More specific information and weight
loss support can be found through one-on-one counseling with an MUSC
busy to exercise” —Exercise is not limited to the gym. Take the stairs,
park in the back of the parking lot at the grocery, or take a lap
around the office every 30 minutes. Remember that the recommended daily
30 minutes of exercise can be accumulated throughout the day.
Also, consider treating yourself and a loved one to a local cooking class. Check out Charleston Cooks! at http://www.mavericksouthernkitchens.com.
busy to cook” —Plan ahead. Make soup or casseroles in big batches on
the weekends or prepare crock pot meals at night to be ready for the
next evening’s meal.
Friday, Feb. 12, 2010