Research shows individuals are more than 90 percent likely to fail in committing to a New Year's resolution, especially those that are health-related. But don't let that statistic contribute to a self-fulfilling prophecy, says Dr. Virender Sodhi, renowned expert on complementary and alternative medicine.
"Of course, that statistic represents the average," says Dr. Sodhi. "You don't have to be average! There are plenty of things individuals can do to improve their odds of success if they resolve to become healthier and fitter.”
Dr. Sodhi's tips include:
• Getting away from the instant-gratification mentality and avoiding unrealistic goals.
Don’t expect to go from zero to 60 in just a few months, especially if you have little background in training. Unfortunately, most who have resolutions like losing weight and quitting smoking are used to easy snack foods and quick rewards. Health is a long-term labor of love; commit to the love and wait for results.
• Establishing good habits.
People make resolutions because they know they’re important, but they’re hard. With each passing week, more people drop their promises for self-improvement. You’ll want to set the right goals. If you want to lose 100 pounds, focus on the first 10, and then the next. Make sure to establish new and good habits—they take about 28 days to stick. Once you train your mind with good habits, achieving your goals becomes much easier.
• Embracing supplemental support.
Of course, all health efforts are connected to your overall well-being. When you make the investment to eat more vegetables, you’re reinforcing your commitment to exercise. Consider practices such as yoga and meditation, which will feed your health kick and provide unexpected benefits. Additionally, supplements such as kelp and green tea extract can yield even more health benefits. And, spices such as garlic, onion, black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, long pepper, and cayenne pepper all have important thermogenic properties, which stimulates metabolism.
• Solidifying gains with persistent positive reinforcement.
Learn to reward yourself in a new way by paying attention to the gains in your body. Notice the improvement in stress levels, breathing, energy, mood and overall strength. While these improvements are wide-ranging and palpable, they increase over time and can be subtle. Don’t let these improvements occur without a personal recognition of your accomplishments.
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