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The top new year’s res­o­lu­tion is liv­ing a health­ier life­style, but three quar­ters of Cana­di­ans who make a res­o­lu­tion even­tu­ally break it — of­ten in the first three months. In­stead, ex­perts say mak­ing health com­mit­ments rather than res­o­lu­tions is more ef­fec­tive, be­cause each time you make a de­ci­sion, it’s like do­ing another rep at the gym, ex­er­cis­ing your willpower and mak­ing it stronger.

In a new study from Cen­trum, 48 per cent of Cana­di­ans iden­tify evenings as the most chal­leng­ing time of day to make healthy choices. Sim­i­lar to how your mus­cles get tired to­ward the end of a work­out, the strength of your willpower fades over the course of a day.

For bet­ter suc­cess, com­mit to th­ese daily small steps to help ring in the new you:

Set a daily in­ten­tion. Drink enough wa­ter, take a mul­ti­vi­ta­min, avoid junk food or take the stairs. Write it down. Ac­count for your daily com­mit­ments and ac­tions with a writ­ten record. Plan ahead. Pack a lunch for the next day every night be­fore bed. Peo­ple with a plan are more suc­cess­ful in keep­ing their com­mit­ments. Re­place bad habits. Have a veg­etable or fruit for your snack, in­stead of a sug­ary treat. 9.

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