New Year’s celebrations are an ideal time to reflect on our past success and challenges, as well as make new plans for the future.
Whether you resolve to make better health choices this year, change careers or begin that weekend project you’ve been putting off, New Years resolutions are essentially promises we make to ourselves to be better than we were last year.
However, many people will start the year out right with a new routine, motivation and a gym pass in hand only to fall back into same old routines and bad habits once the holidays are over.
In fact, the average New Years resolution will fail within a few short days of the start of the calendar year.
The reason for this is the difference between simply being motivated to change vs. being truly inspired to improve your health and subsequently, your life. In other words, if there is no purpose behind the change, other than a new calendar year, then chances of success are low.
How many diet/exercise/nutrition books did you read this year? Great information is exciting and can motivate you to make some changes in your life, but these changes are only temporary when there is no inspiration to continue.
How can someone get truly inspired to improve his or her health? Consider these statistics:
● Canada is the seventh most obese country in the world according to World Health Organization statistics.
● Diabetes rates have increased 70% since 1995. Type II diabetes is no longer called “adult-onset” because it now occurs in children as young as five.
● Heart disease and cancer are the top two disease killers, most of which can be attributed to lifestyle.
This year, instead of making the same old New Years resolutions, decide to make permanent, lasting, transformational changes for your family’s health.
Remember, change doesn’t happen overnight. It will take planning, research and commitment to make it happen, so stick with it!
Thankfully, there are plenty of resources out there to help you. If you are in the Vancouver, BC area, check out one of live events in 2016.
Also, if you need some extra help, send me an email and I’ll be happy to point you in the right direction. Make it a great year!