New year's is rapidly approaching and I'm sure many of you are thinking about what this year's resolution will be.
"There's no better time than the present, there's no magic day to set the goals, some people find that's the ideal way to do it but I think if you're realistic about doing these things there is no one day that you'll set them and stick to them, you need to make that decision in your life that this is a lifestyle change you want to make and then do it." Said Dr. Chris Paa, a cardiologist with North Central Hearth.
Dr. Paa says for most resolvers out there, losing weight and going to the gym are on top of the list. Starting a new resolution isn't difficult, but sticking with it on both the good days and the bad; that's where many people start to flake out.
"The first thing folks have to do is set aside some time and I think with that time they have to look at it some as a physician's appointment. Dentist appointment, or business meeting. And that time has to be nonnegotiable and has to be put into their schedule more days than not." Said Dr. Paa.
Having a partner to keep you accountable will help you reach your goals, but you should also finding a workout that fits your schedule and abilities.
"There is no magic exercise, there isn't just one exercise that's going to make people healthy I think you need to find something that you enjoy something you're passionate about and I think you need to do that more days than not out of the week and you need to do it for about 30 minutes a day." Said Dr. Paa.
With exercise comes nutrition And when you're looking to lose the weight and keep it off, simply choose real foods. Don't worry about the latest and "supposedly" greatest weight loss regimen.
"Many of the diets have special pills and powders and things like that. If you look on the back of those things they probably have 20 different ingredients 10 of which you can't spell or pronounce. I think a better way to do it is to basically eat real food, fruits vegetables, nuts, meats, things like that." Said Dr. Paa.
Eating healthy foods makes your resolution a lifestyle change and not just a temporary patch.
Resolutions are all about goals you want to accomplish. But if you don't have realistic goals, you'll end up back at square one and repeating the process again for next New Year's.
"What usually happens after about a week or a month us people start to fall through with done if their promises. And I think you need to look at these things realistically with things you can consistently do, because it's only through the consistency that you're going to gain the long-term effects of the healthy lifestyle and exercise." Said Dr. Paa.
So start with a few minutes on the treadmill and adding those fresh foods, you can do it. Make the change to have a new you in the New Year.
Giving up smoking is also another big resolution for people. Avera also offers tobacco cessation classes for those looking to kick the habit in 2013. For more information about help with your resolutions care just call 877-AT-AVERA.