FORGET RESOLUTIONS: 10 DAILY HEALTH COMMITMENTS FOR SUCCESS
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.