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New Years Resolutions and Your Health

Bill Van Valer Dec 31, 2014

According to the University of Washington in a 1997 study, 47 percent of the 100 million of us that make new years resolutions will give up after just 2 months.  And according to a more recent study by the University of Minnesota, that number may have risen as high as 80% in the last decade.  So why is it so hard to keep a new years resolution?

Most of us seem to pick things that we don’t necessarily want to do, but things we feel we should do-eat healthier or save money.  If those aren’t things you enjoy then it may be hard to keep the willpower up to continue doing them.  If they are things you enjoy, then chances are you are already doing them and they are nowhere near your “New Year’s Resolution” list.

This is very true with resolutions or lifestyle changes that involve our health.  According to author James Clear, one of the biggest problems with making change is willpower fatigue.  Basically, the more times you have to make a decision to do the right or healthy thing in a day, the less likely you are to be able to continue making the best decision.  A way around this is to make some of these decisions ahead of time, so they aren’t items that you have to actively do anything about.  They are on your calendar or schedule and it is just what you do at that time. Take away the option to make the bad decision.  I know for me (as someone who has battled weight my whole life) that I am far better off if I don’t even have the “bad stuff” around the house or office-if I don’t have the food I shouldn’t eat around, I don’ t have to make the decision not to eat it.

We all know that regular massage has many benefits, and that could be a great way to jumpstart your new year healthy habits.  All you have to do is show up on time for an appointment, and someone else takes care of the rest for you!  By getting regular massage therapy you can begin to feel markedly better and that can lead to other healthy lifestyle changes.  Just remember that you don’t have to change everything at once,  in fact it appears that it may be better if you don’t, but one change can lead to another and who knows where you could end up with your health by this time next year.

I’ll leave you with a great quote I read the other day…”A year from tomorrow, you’ll wish you started today”

Happy New Year!

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