Once the holidays are over, most of us will be feeling the need to get back into shape after indulging in a little too much eating, drinking, and lounging on the couch watching football. New Year’s resolutions should be more than just "I need to lose a few pounds and/or inches." We really should be making a long-term commitment to healthy eating and exercise. Here are a few of the best and most practical New Year’s fitness resolutions we’ve found:
1. Start keeping a food journal so you have an accurate picture of what you’re eating, and how do better.
2. Quit smoking if you haven’t done so already.
3. Set reasonable and measurable fitness/workout goals to avoid starting a routine that’s unsustainable.
4. Consider leaving the car at home and walking or riding your bike to go to work or run errands.
5. Find time in your schedule for a twice-monthly massage session to treat yourself and feel your best.
6. Cut back on your alcohol intake, especially if you’re prone to the occasional binge.
7. Make a point to never go to the grocery store without a shopping list and a meal plan in hand.
8. Take a look at your schedule and identify days and times that you know you will be able to devote to exercise.
9. Add more high-fiber fruits, vegetables, and grains to your diet for optimum health.
10. Find a regular gym partner or join an online fitness community for support and motivation.