We all tell ourselves that in the coming year we’re going to completely stop eating junk food, workout 4-days a week at the gym, and walk to work everyday even when it’s 8-miles away. However, making health vows that are too big may be the very thing that ruins your efforts.
Experts note that around half of us make New Year’s Resolutions, and only 1-half of that group makes it past mid-January. So, instead of deciding to lose 50-pounds by March, let’s take a look at six realistic goals that can improve your well-being and that you can build on…
1. Cut Down on Smoking
If you’re a pack-a-day smoker, it’s probably a lot to ask to cut out smoking completely by February. Cold turkey may work for some, but reducing cigarettes gradually may make it more manageable for you (without the associated rage or grumpiness).
It may help to recruit a smoker friend to quit with you, and compare your progress and provide support. Try to make a note of how many smokes you actually burn through in a day, and then you at least have a reference to work with. The Illinois Tobacco Quitline suggests reducing that number by 1-cigarette every 2-days. This gradual decrease can also help anti-smoking medications do their job more easily.