Top News

New year, new resolve: here are some tips to keep your new year's resolutions alive

Corey Arsenault, owner of Stretch Fitness in Summerside recently shared his tips and tricks to help people stick to their new year’s resolution. One of which included, make small, realistic goals.
Corey Arsenault, owner of Stretch Fitness in Summerside recently shared his tips and tricks to help people stick to their new year’s resolution. One of which included, make small, realistic goals. - Millicent McKay

Fitness instructor, tobacco educator and dietician share tips to help stick to new year’s resolutions

SUMMERSIDE – New year, new resolutions; but how can you stay motivated to stay the course and keep your goals for 2018?

Resolution #1: I’m going to join and gym and work out more in 2018

Corey Arsenault, owner of Stretch Fitness in Summerside and fitness and lifestyle coach, sees the same thing every year.

“There will be a lot of people coming and going in the second week of January. But, by next week we’ll have 25 per cent less, and the week after, traffic will drop another 25 per cent, and by February we’ll be back to the numbers we had before the new year.” The numbers will be comprised of new and returning faces. “When it comes to joining a gym in January, some people are joining for the wrong reasons. If you come in and join in July, it’s because you want to, not because of a resolution. Resolutions are great, but it has to be the right time for you.”

Arsenault does have a few tips and tricks to help people stick with their resolutions.

“Don’t try to make all the changes at once. Say you’re trying to quit smoking, commit to the gym six days a week and eat only whole foods. If you’re stressed or upset or just need a little something, you won’t have any of those go-tos if they’re taken away immediately.”

Arsenault’s top five tips include:

– Start realisticly and slowly

– Don’t try to change too much at once

– Work on one thing at a time

– Find a buddy, preferably someone who will hold you accountable

– Identify the things in your lifestyle that may prevent you from committing to the resolution.

Resolution #2: I’m going to quit smoking this year.

Katelyn MacAulay, a respiratory therapist and certified tobacco

educator for Health P.E.I., said the number of people wanting to quit smoking rises in early January.

She says quitting smoking is the best decision a person can make, and there are usually three main reasons that inspire them to quit.

“The first is usually because a doctor or a health-care professional has told them to quit. Second might be because they’ve had a health event like a heart attack or have been admitted to hospital because of their breathing. And third would be because family or friends have raised their concerns about the habit.”

A great place to start is by keeping the home, car and workplace smoke free, and then have the house or car cleaned so the smell isn’t there to encourage getting

back into the habit.

She suggests changing routine. “If you had a cup of coffee every morning and then a cigarette right after, try having your coffee in another room or after your coffee go for a walk.”

MacAulay’s other tips include:

– Reward yourself as you see success

– Try an activity or distraction when you have a craving

– Drink lots of water

– Try deep breathing exercises

– Put the money you save by quitting in a jar and don’t touch it. By the end of the year you might be able to go on the trip you didn’t think you’d be able to afford.

MacAulay says it’s important to remember slip-ups happen. “When they do happen, try determining what caused you to smoke.”

Resolution #3: I’m going to eat healthier this year

Angela Dawson, a registered dietician who works out of the Summerside and West Royalty Superstores, says when it comes to resolutions, “It’s important not to overhaul your entire diet. Start by making small changes by picking one area to focus on.” Many people who ask Dawson for diet help are concerned about weight loss, general healthy eating, disease management or prevention, and meal planning. Remember that barriers and roadblocks are going to present themselves, she warns.

 

Angela Dawson throws together a rainbow fruit salad at her dietician booth in the Summerside Superstore. Dawson is a registered dietician with the company and provides one-on-one consultations and group classes.
Angela Dawson throws together a rainbow fruit salad at her dietician booth in the Summerside Superstore. Dawson is a registered dietician with the company and provides one-on-one consultations and group classes.

 

“Identify those barriers and be aware of habit that may make it difficult to quit drinking sugary drinks or salty or sweet foods.”

Dawson’s top tips include:

– Create balanced meals: one half fruits and vegetables, one quarter protein and one quarter starch or grains

– Meal planning is key, have vegetables chopped or rice cooked to throw together

– Planning doesn’t have to be elaborate

– Remember weight loss is a gradual process

– Practice mindful eating: listen to your body are you eating because you’re hungry or for another reason

– Cut junk food or drinks or poor habits back slowly

– Remember the 80:20 rule: 80 per cent of your diet is healthy foods, 20 per cent is less healthy foods.

For more information:

–Stretch Fitness: https://www.facebook.com/stretchfitness or 902-724-3550

–Smoker’s helpline: 1-877513-5333

–Angela Dawson: 902-439-3916 or angela.dawson@loblaw.ca

millicent.mckay@journalpioneer.com 

Recent Stories