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Making small changes for a healthy lifestyle can help one achieve goals

By: Lacy Hilliard
Tomahawk Writer/Photographer

The New Year inspires any number of aspirations in the form of New Year’s Resolutions. For many, it’s inevitable that by the time the Easter Bunny hops across the calendar, those well-intentioned but perhaps over zealous goals have often fallen by the wayside. However, that doesn’t change the spur of inspiration that many feel with the coming of a new year, and after all, what is life without goals? So, this year, perhaps small changes are the best step toward big results.
Losing weight or adopting a healthier diet often tops the New Year’s Resolution list. But experts agree that in order to be successful in the pursuit of better health, it is an overall lifestyle change and not an impulse gym membership purchase that will stand the test of time.
There are several ways to work toward a healthier lifestyle. Below is a guide to get you started. However, it is important to remember that when it comes to exercising and eating right, you have to choose a regimen that works for you. And most importantly, you must stick to that regimen until it becomes routine.
1. Begin by cutting back on current habits that you know affect your health. For example, if you’re a smoker and you have failed to quit on multiple occasions, start by cutting back or consider using an e-cigarette to help you begin the process of becoming smoke-free.
If you frequent restaurants too often in place of home cooked (often healthier) meals, start by limiting yourself to only a certain number of restaurant meals per week.
Keeping a record of your savings while you cut back on costly habits may be just what you need to stay on track. There are several apps available that make this task easy like “Smoke Free” and “Good Budget.” Having a visible reminder of your progress is a helpful boost in the right direction.
2. Get moving by doing something you love. Chances are there’s at least one activity you enjoy that’s good for you. Increase the amount of time you spend doing that activity. If it’s walking, replace one hour of television with a brisk walk as many times per week as you feel comfortable committing to. If you can’t picture yourself scrambling to the gym before or after work each day, don’t join. Remember that one single walk added to your weekly schedule is better than doing nothing at all.

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