Forget your New Year’s resolutions and think healthy habits instead!

Only eight per cent of people are estimated to stick to their New Year’s resolution each year, so this year we’re recommending a more effective approach. Rather than setting a New Year’s resolution focus on adopting a healthy everyday habit for 2017 instead. Building healthy habits is like a dance – there may be a few steps backwards, but there are many of steps forward as well!

Here’s our top 4 tips for reframing your thinking and committing to a healthy everyday habit:

1. Reward yourself for achieving smaller goals - set yourself a target to walk every day for a month. Once you’ve achieved your goal, treat yourself with a new purchase or special outing to celebrate!

2. Be a good role model - go cycling with your kids or enjoy active outdoor activities together.

3. Sit less, move more – If you child is taking swimming lessons pass the time and stay active by walking laps around the pool – that’s easily 30 minutes of exercise already! At work, have a walking meeting around the office block instead of sitting down.

4. Don’t beat yourself up if you fall off the bandwagon - if you’ve had a day of indulgences or a week off from exercising, don’t beat yourself up over it. Instead, focus on what you can do now. It might mean going for a 10 minute walk after dinner or choosing not to have a piece of cake at morning tea.

 

LiveLighter has a handy worksheet to help you write effective goals, take a look, here.


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