For many women, the path to good health is not an easy one, with plenty of roadblocks along the way. Procrastination, family obligations, work demands, and lack of time and energy are a few culprits that can stop the best of health resolutions in their tracks.
To help women in their quest for better living, here are five resolutions to improve physical and mental well-being. If you’ve made attempts at sounder mind and body before, don’t get discouraged. This is just another wonderful chance for you to make it happen:
New Year’s Resolution No. 1: Eat, but Don’t Pig Out
When women resolve to lose weight, they are often black and white about it, says Bonnie Taub-Dix, spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. She says women tend to want to cut out major food groups, telling themselves they cannot have any candy, dessert, or carbohydrates.
“It’s a setup for failure, because by the time mid-January comes around, those resolutions are already in line for the next new year,” says Taub-Dix. “It would be a much wiser decision to say, for example, ‘I’m going to cut back on desserts.’ Maybe pick a Saturday to have dessert.” Instead of deprivation, practice moderation during the holidays.
The reduction approach is much more realistic than the all-or-nothing technique, which labels foods as “good” or “bad.” When people see certain edibles as “bad,” they can end up obsessing about it. Or they may see dieting as punishment for a year of unhealthy eating. Concentrate on getting adequate servings of whole grains, calcium, fiber, fruits and vegetables. This can be as easy as having a high-fiber cereal with milk and a banana.
Slashing entire food groups from the diet often backfires, because food is good and is one of the pleasures in life, says Taub-Dix. “There’s no reason why we shouldn’t enjoy food just because we’re over the weight that we should be.” “Don’t wait until the new year to have better eating habits, says Taub-Dix. “It should be a whole year’s resolution, not a New Year’s resolution.”
New Year’s Resolution No. 3: Guard Against the Bone Thief
- From age 11 to 24, between 1,200 and 1,500 milligrams daily
- From age 25 to 50, 1,000 milligrams daily
- For postmenopausal women 1,000-1,500 milligrams daily if on menopausal hormone therapy
- For pregnant and breastfeeding women, 1,200-1,500 milligrams daily
New Year’s Resolution No. 4: Take Health Exams and Get an “A” for Good Health
New Year’s Resolution No. 5: Move Center Stage
So this new year, think of what’s important to you, make your resolutions, and vow to make this the beginning of If a woman is not able to accomplish everything on her list, Wish says not to fret. “The probability is that [women] won’t be able to accomplish everything, and therefore, they shouldn’t be too hard on themselves.”