January 2015: Healthy Resolutions

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Start the new year with healthy resolutions that you can keep throughout the year with the help of Grand Prairie upcoming Get Fit eventsresources in our city, videos, healthy recipes, and healthy tips for kids. Take the Get Fit GP online health pledge each month for your chance to win prizes!

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Get Fit Grand Prairie is bringing in the New Year with a Healthy Resolution Art Contest. You are invited to participate by submitting your artwork on healthy resolutions (submission deadline is 5 p.m. January 31, 2015). Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

Healthy Resolutions Month Spotlight

At the beginning of each year, one in three Americans will try to better themselves in some way. It is difficult to be enthusiastic and keep up with our goals – but it is not impossible! Here are some healthy resolutions to consider:

1. Losing weight

Losing weight is one of the most popular resolutions, which also means that it is one of the harder ones to keep. Success cannot be done over-night. People now-a-days want results and they want results immediately. Make sure to have a back-up plan for bumps in the road. You can have a food journal to keep track of what you eat with a support system in place. It is good to have a friend in your support system so that they can help you through the weak times.

2. Cut your stress

A little pressure does not kill anyone. In fact small amounts of stress can give us an energy boost. Stress can be bad for you when it is chronic. Stress can increase your risk of insomnia, depression, obesity, heart disease, and the list can go on. Not enough sleep with long work hours, no exercise, and a poor diet can contribute to stress. Stress is part of our daily lives but making sure that we have enough sleep, relaxation, friends and family, and taking vacations to distress ourselves will help us live longer happier lives.

3. Get more sleep

Your mood can be enhanced dramatically with a good restful night’s sleep. Lack of sleep has been linked to obesity and type 2-diabetes. Sleep can be beneficial to your mood and appearance. It is also crucial for strengthening memories.

4. Change your outlook on stress

Instead of aiming for an all or nothing response, think of the overall picture as a lifestyle change. Try to make small positive decisions to move you closer to good health. Instead of drinking that soda, grab the water bottle. Instead of going of chips for a snack grab slices of apple.

5. Have exercise integrated into your daily life.

Exercise is easier to accommodate if you did not feel like it is a chore to schedule it into your daily routine. Find other ways of fitting it into your life. Take the stairs instead of the elevators. You can park farther away from the buildings to have more walking distance.

6. Use your kitchen

Healthy New YearWhen you do more of your own cooking, you have more control of the quality of your meals. Preparing your food from fresh ingredients will save your from calories and save your move. You can also pack leftovers for lunch and or for later.

7. Daily unplug

There is growing research for evidence that the more in tune you are with social media, the more stressed and depressed you become. You can spend an hour or two away from your phone.

A person only has a limited amount of willpower. So having multiple resolutions would be very hard to triumph over. Try not to aim for an all-or-nothing response. Because most resolutions require several behavior changes, thinking through each step you have to do will boost your success rate. You can break down each step so that once you have completed it you would feel good. You could also help boost your willpower by reading, watching a funny movie, or doing just about anything that will put you in a happy mood. You could also give yourself some room to breathe by avoiding one-hundred percent resolutions. You could also remind yourself of the accomplishments that you have done to help you avoid being discouraged.

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