Skip the Resolutions and Create Intentions

How to Stay Healthy in the New Year and Beyond

Do What You Love.

New Year’s resolutions; who came up with this idea anyway? It’s a tradition that seems to live on even with a high failure rate. It also creates pressure, which can tend to work against us because when we fail, we tend to beat ourselves up and then completely give up.

Every year people swear to start anew at the stroke of midnight on January 1, and set lofty resolutions for themselves that will most likely never come to fruition.

Studies show that only 9% of people ever follow through on their New Year’s Resolutions. So instead of setting ourselves up for failure, why not take mindful action instead by setting intentions?

An intention is a determination to act in a certain way, or to have a positive aim or plan; something that is measurable. Setting a lofty goal to lose weight, work out every day and getting the healthiest you’ve ever been, when you haven’t been doing that up until now, is not measurable, and will only set you up for feeling like a failure. The best thing to do is take a small step every day toward living a healthy life.

As we age, staying fit can be more challenging. Our bodies change, our metabolism slows, muscle deteriorates and so on. Setting a new year’s resolution will not help that, but having an intention to live a healthy life each day by taking a positive action step in that direction will not only enhance our health, but will also enhance the lives of others around us.

For example, a small step you can take is to add more leafy greens into your diet. Or make a commitment to move your body for at least 20 minutes every day doing something you love. If you do just these two small actions, it’s almost guaranteed that you will lose weight, feel stronger, happier and healthier.

Also, helping others is an awesome way to get healthy from the inside out and improve not only your quality of life, but also the lives of others.

If you are someone who has been feeling the effects of getting older and your body doesn’t work as well as it used to, then it’s time to take action to reverse that. It’s known that eating a clean, whole foods diet and exercising for at least 20 minutes a day for 5-6 days per week can have a huge effect on your overall health and well-being. Start small. Take a walk around the block. Cut back on sugar consumption. Add more whole grains to your diet.

These small changes will set you up for a healthier lifestyle. Once you start to move your body and eat better, you will notice the positive effects and want to do it more. Instead of feeling like a failure, you will be motivated and inspired. This is what I mean by setting measurable intentions.

Here are some other tips I came up with to help you stay healthy, strong and focused in the New Year and beyond.

Don’t let your age be an excuse, the body is a miraculous machine and will take care of you, if you take care of it.

  1. Celebrate small wins. If you haven’t worked out in years, and you go for a walk, go ahead and pat yourself on the back. That’s an achievement in my book.
  2. Keep your eye on the bigger picture of health and happiness. This will help to keep you motivated. Life is about living and thriving, not just surviving. Connect with and help others, which in turn will positively add to your life.
  3. Be willing to let go of your old ways of doing things, and try new experiences. Run experiments. Life is all about ups and downs and it’s important to enjoy the journey. This is how we get stronger, grow and learn, not just physically but mentally and emotionally as well.
  4. Live in the moment as much as possible. Be aware of the miracles of your body and how much it gives to you, even as you age. Practice an attitude of gratitude for what you do have and see how that feels.

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