Virtua Weighs in on Setting New Year’s ResolutionsLast Edited:
We’ve all heard it before — "New Year, New You."
But as we welcome 2018, how many of us actually stick with that New Year’s resolution we make?
“If you set these huge goals that you can’t attain, it’s very defeating, and you’re not going to make it past like the 15th of the month,” said Jeanne Hendricks, clinical manager for Outpatient Weight loss and Wellness at Virtua Health.
“A lot of people come in and they’re gung-ho and they want to do it for two hours every single day," said Kate Raymond, fitness specialist and personal trainer at Virtua Health. "They do it for two weeks and by the middle of January they’re like, 'Oh my gosh, I’m done.'”
So she tells people to try and exercise for 30 minutes, three days a week.
“Understand you might have some setbacks [and] you might miss a couple of days," said Raymond. "That’s OK, you’re a human.”
You know you can’t go to the gym and say, 'Oh, I burned off 500 calories, let me go eat a burger and eat some cupcakes and cookies.'
Raymond also urges you to use the buddy system and to focus on fun.
“So many people come into the gym and they’re like, 'Oh my gosh, I have to walk on the treadmill for an hour, so boring,'" said Raymond. "There is something out there for everybody. So find what you love and build from there.”
Burning calories will work, but the calories going into your body are just as important.
“It’s a whole lifestyle thing," said Raymond. "You know you can’t go to the gym and say, 'Oh, I burned off 500 calories, let me go eat a burger and eat some cupcakes and cookies.'”
Choosing one thing to work on to start is your best bet.
“Obviously what we’re putting in our body is going to [have] a huge impact no matter how much we’re exercising," said Hendricks. "You need to make sure you’re fueling yourself right.”
And that means staying away from fad diets.
“It’s like: 'I’m going to eat clean [and] I’m not going to eat any sugar.' But we know that’s not realistic long term," said Hendricks. "So I always caution that and try to go in it with small, really attainable things because that will continue your motivation to keep it going long term.”
She says choosing one thing to work on to start is your best bet.
“Whether it’s I’m going to start eating more vegetables so I’m going to go from two to three vegetables a day and I may do that every day for a couple weeks, or I’m going to eat more whole grains,” said Hendricks.
So, if you’re going with the "New Year, New Me" motto be sure to set small, attainable goals to make sure you stick with your resolution in 2018.
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