6 D.C. Health Pros on How to Stick to Your Resolutions in 2018
By Francesca Conlin| December 28, 2017 |
Getting fit and healthy at the start of the year is often much easier said than done. Here, we asked six local health experts for their best tips on how to stick to your resolutions.
Yala Fitness Creator Laurent Amzallag Says Find a Workout You Will Actually Enjoy
"When it comes to fitness, like anything else, find an activity or program that you really enjoy doing. I don't care what it is. Walking with friends, jumping on the bed with your spouse or running after your baby. If you enjoy doing it, you'll stick with it. When you stick with it and enjoy it, results come much faster.”
“If your intention is to eat healthier, keep the focus on adding in healthier foods, rather than swearing off entire food groups like sugar, fat, alcohol, and meat. Start simple by adding fruit as dessert and veggies with your afternoon snack. Aim to make about half your plate vegetables and fruits. Eventually the more healthy foods you introduce into your eating, the less room you have for all the other stuff.”
Founder of The ING Group and Personal Trainer Ingrid Nelson Suggests Using an App
“The Nike Training Club App (NTC) has a 21-day challenge that helps you stay on track at your level. It’s enough to create long-lasting habits.”
Registered Dietician and Author Danielle Omar Suggests Changing Your Mindset
“This year, you can look forward to implementing your resolutions simply by changing your mindset. Instead of making a resolution around what needs to be fixed in your life, focus on what’s already great and resolve to make that even better. This allows you to celebrate the parts of your life that are working, versus putting the emphasis on correcting a ‘problem.’”
Certified Personal Trainer Errick McAdams Says to Set Realistic Exercise Goals
“Make your exercise resolutions realistic. Don't say, ‘I'm going to go to the gym everyday.’ Instead say, ‘I am going to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity in five-to-six times a week.’ That can be as simple as a 30-minute walk. Any active thing you do that you don't normally do is exercise. If you get out of your chair right now and walk up a fight of stairs 10 times, that’s exercise. Exercise is any activity outside the scope of your normal day.”
Co-Founder of JRINK Juicery Shizu Okusa Suggests Breaking down Your Goals into Steps
"Make it specific. Break down what the goal is into small incremental steps. For example, if your goal is to ‘be healthier,’ buy some fun workout clothes to motivate your fitness regime or grab a green juice for breakfast. Adding in something is always easier than subtracting."