• Dr. Malcolm Stubbs

5 Tips to Succeed with New Year's Resolutions


GET A PHYSICAL .

If you're making a resolution, it probably means you haven't been doing much lately. And the last thing you need is to harm yourself. Before beginning a new fitness program, you should make sure your body is ready for it. See your doctor, check yourself out, and make sure everything is good to go.

SET REALISTIC GOALS.

You can't turn yourself from a couch potato to a marathon runner overnight. Goals that are achievable will help keep you motivated. When you have success, celebrate the small victory and set a new one.

GET MORE SLEEP.

People require different amounts of sleep to function. But remember, you (and your body) are trying something new. Fatigue will get in the way of your motivation and performance and could lead to failure. So adjust your life accordingly to get more rest.

EAT HEALTHIER.

All of us could do better in the department, especially living in South Louisiana. But this should be more about lifestyle changes than fad diets. They are often too hard to stick to, can affect your energy, and some can even be detrimental. So eat more fruits and vegetables, control your portions, limit caffeine and alcohol, and drink more water. And don't be afraid to splurge or cheat on occasion if it'll help you stay focused on the big picture.

LISTEN TO YOUR BODY.

If you're starting a new routine, or really changing things up, realize that you may experience some changes very quickly with your body. Fatigue and soreness are something to be expected early on, but significant pain could indicate an injury or problem. Remember you should ease your way into a new routine and don't forget the importance of stretching.


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