Finding It Hard To Stick To Your Healthy Resolutions? Learn Tips To Stay On Track

Because you’re human, you’ve probably been here before: You decide to adopt a new healthy habit and you hit the ground running, only to find your athletic shoes (literal or metaphorical) gathering dust soon after.

It happens to everyone, so don’t beat yourself up. Try these tips for overcoming some common stumbling blocks.

Stopping Point: You can’t take one more day on the treadmill.
Solution: Take a cue from Dancing with the Stars or Monday Night FootballWe get bored doing the same thing all the time, says fitness expert and American Dietetic Association spokesman Jim White, R.D. So try signing up for an exercise or dance class. “It gets you out of your shell and gives you new ways to move your body to break the monotony,” White says. He’s also a big fan of team sports for the camaraderie and accountability. You can also attend a fitness class at Gwinnett Medical Center. Our classes include yoga, pilates, cardio dance and much more. Call 678-312-5000 to learn more about our fitness classes or click here to view a complete list.

Stopping Point: You let your doctor’s appointments and routine screenings slide.
Solution: Set automatic reminders.
Laura Knobel, M.D., a family physician on the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians, suggests using your computer or phone to automatically remind you when it’s time for routine preventive care. Also, schedule your next checkup and screening while you’re still at the doctor’s office. “That way, you’ll either just go or you’ll have to call to reschedule,” she says. Need a qualified physician referral. Click here to see our comprehensive physician directory or call 678-312-5000.

Stopping Point: You can’t seem to stick to a healthy eating plan.
Solution: It’s OK, have a cookie. Really.
To stay with the program, don’t deny yourself everything you love. Have a daily 100-calorie treat, or give yourself one day a week to splurge on a decadent meal, White suggests. But go right back to your healthy habits the next day.

Also, keep your eating plan simple and avoid extremes. Follow the basic principles of lean proteins, essential fats, vegetables, fruits, and multigrain or whole-wheat products. Pay attention to portions and eat small meals and snacks throughout the day so you don’t get ravenous. Knobel recommends keeping water with you at all times so you can drink about 48 ounces a day. Our certified dietician at the Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center can create a personalized plan to meet your nutritional needs. To learn more, click here or call 678-312-6040 to make an appointment today.

Stopping Point: You don’t get enough sleep.
Solution: Nix the TV and late-night soda routine.
Adults need about eight hours a night, but most don’t get that much, Knobel says. To get better sleep, which can ward off health problems such as obesity, heart attacks and depression, first you need to create a dark, quiet and comfortable sleep environment. This means no TV, no computer, no distractions. Plan on heading to bed and waking up the same time each day. And avoid caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime. Millions of Americans suffer from sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. If you think you may be suffering from a sleep disorder, call the highly skilled staff at our Center for Sleep Disorders at 678-312-4326

Stopping Point: You get discouraged when you don’t see immediate results.
Solution: Cut yourself some slack. “You have to set realistic goals,” White says. “When you achieve them, it helps you stay motivated.” Don’t push yourself to lose 20 pounds in a month. Experts agree that a healthy rate of weight loss is one to two pounds a week. And once you adopt healthy habits, there’s no going back. “I’ve had people ask me, ‘How long do I have to keep this up?’ and the answer is ‘Forever,’ ” White explains. “But once you start to see the benefits, you’ll see this is the way to live.”


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