Stick to your New Year’s Resolutions with Help from North Dakota State University

In *All, Nutrition & Health by Ag is America

Sticking to your New Year’s resolutions is always hard. Creating a list with great potential starts with a better goal-setting process. North Dakota State University has some helpful tips on how to set your goals wisely and really accomplish them this year:

  • Set a specific goal for yourself. “I’m going to eat more healthfully” is not specific enough as a nutrition goal. Most people fall short of the recommendation for fruits and vegetables, so a nutritional goal could be “I will eat vegetables and fruits at most meals and snacks.”
  • Be sure your goal is measurable. If you decide to walk on a treadmill, then set a time goal. Walking at a moderate pace for 150 minutes per week is a goal for better health. Walking for 300 minutes per week is also recommended for weight loss.
  • Make sure your goal is attainable. If you do not have a treadmill or the budget to buy one, then you will need to figure out another approach for fitness. Maybe once the holiday season is past, a local mall becomes a good place to walk or perhaps a school gym is nearby for community members to use.
  • Is your goal realistic? “I’m going to run a marathon” may be a realistic goal for some people but not everyone. For example, getting into a habit of walking 15 minutes twice a day can have multiple positive effects on your health. Make small, positive changes in your diet, too, because then they are more likely to last.
  • What is your timeline for your goal? Maybe you will decide to be part of a community walk or run in the spring. All this winter pre-training will tone your muscles and strengthen your heart so you are ready. Maybe you want to be ready to go biking with your kids or grandkids.

Looking for more resolution inspiration? Read more from NDSU’s tips on their website.

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