Friday, January 7, 2011

New Year's Resolutions

One of the most popular and most readily broken resolutions among adults is to lose weight, get in better shape and live a healthy lifestyle. For 2011 and beyond, improve your chances for success by making it a resolution for your whole family. Remember the old adage, if you can't do it for yourself do if for someone else? Having support and a little household accountability will lead to success and make staying fit fun for the entire family. Try some of these suggestions for a healthier you:

Go for a family walk or bike ride each day. Make it a daily routine. Not only will this get you in the groove of exercising but this will be a nice time to bond with family. Keep things interesting by picking a new activity each week. My favorite: going to a park. Take a nature walk. Listen to the birds, smell the flowers and simply take in the aw of nature. Allow your senses to guide you. You can also go on a guided nature walk by checking with your local recreational center. Guided walks are a lot of fun because you will learn about what you are seeing and hearing. Lastly but not limited to, eat right! No doubt about it. Eating plenty of nutritious foods provide energy, maintain normal chemical levels and overall  make you feel better. This "feeling better" will get you on track and encourage you to keep on keeping on. 

Most all of us skip this very important meal of the day, breakfast. I know, I skip it. Breakfast jump starts your metabolism allowing you to burn more calories. Which means, burn more fats. By skipping this meal, you are slowing your metabolism and your body is holding on to more fats. Your BODY is sluggish and begins to "think" it better slow it's metabolism because it doesn't know when nutrients will be feeding it next. What WE "think" I can eat a large meal because I skipped breakfast and this is OK. On the contrary,  this is a NO NO. Our body will burn the carbs and use for immediate energy. The leftover carbs, will turn to fat. The fats in your meal will store as fat instead of breaking it down into energy.

Simply put, eat a well-balanced breakfast that includes proportioned protein, carbs and fats.

Healthy You 2011,
Trisha M. Pacenti RN,BSN