There's just a few days left in 2020. That means it's time to start working toward your New Year's resolution.
Coming up with a New Year's resolution is easy. Sticking to one tends to be harder. If you want to crush your goals in 2021, it's important to understand why it's so easy to give up on them.
"If you say you can't do something, then it's on this pedestal and you feel like, I can't do this, I can't do this, then you cave and you give in and you do that over and over and over,” said Rocket City Dietitian, Rachel Brown. “But if nothing is off limits, then it kind of floats away and it doesn't have that hold on you."
Brown says to set goals that are sustainable. If your goal is to lose weight, it may be a good idea to ditch the fad diets.
Brown said, "We need to think about it differently, so intuitive eating is what I like to talk about, so that's listening to your body, gentle nutrition, so you're not really saying I can't have this, I can't have this. You're saying I want to do more vegetables, more fruit, more water."
If you want to get fit, Brown recommends finding ways to be active that you actually like.
"If you don't like running, don't run,” said Brown. “Do a movement that you enjoy that can last all year and you don't even have to think about it."
The pandemic will stick around into the new year. If you don't feel comfortable going to the gym, find exercises that you can do at home, like yoga or playing basketball with your family.
"Make a routine. I find if I dress like I'm going to the gym, I will actually work out at home,” said Brown.
Brown says if you want to feel better in 2021 to drink more water and get more sleep. She says starting your process to get ready for bed just thirty minutes sooner can make a big difference.
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