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New research finds close to 70% of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions before February 1st. That’s why it’s important to approach 2022 with realistic and achievable goals. Whether focusing on diet and exercise or overall well-being, there are ways to move forward without feeling overwhelmed.
The American Psychological Association recommends starting small and changing one behavior at a time. Registered Dietician Nutritionist, Mia Syn has come up with a four-step plan to incorporate new ways into new year routines.
Each year, millions of Americans decide to start off the year with new exercise routines. Syn says this is a good idea. However, she prefers to keep it easy and more realistic, saying, “One of my top tips is to include more movement into your everyday lives.”
According to the CDC, it’s recommended that people get 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week. Syn points out that “movement” can mean something different for everyone, adding, “It’s all about a balanced routine. It could be a quick walk around the block or going up and down the stairs a few times at home.” She says household chores, like gardening and mowing the lawn even counts as moderate activity. If someone is further along on their fitness journey, it can include running, weight training, and biking.
Syn recommends talking with a health care professional about setting up any new routine that affects one’s overall health and wellness.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine found that many people continue to report sleep problems since the start of the pandemic. Syn’s second step includes a few ideas to support sleep throughout the year, starting with sticking to a consistent sleep schedule. This includes going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, including weekends. Next, create a room that’s ideal for sleeping — cool, dark, and quiet. Finally, really try to get seven hours of sleep each night.
Syn says it’s important to note that sleep has a tremendous impact on a person’s mental and physical health, adding, “That’s why I recommend Natrol Sleep+.”
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GET CREATIVE IN THE KITCHEN:
As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Syn admits that she’s always looking for ways to enhance diets while getting creative in the kitchen. “This year, I’d love for families to focus on eating more fruits and vegetables,” says Syn, adding, “It’s an easy way to get the nutrients that are needed to help support your immune system.”
In general, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that adults eat at least one and a half to two cups of fruit and two to three cups of vegetables each day.
Syn suggests starting with a charcuterie board filled with every color under the sun. One tip is to overflow it with all types of fruits and vegetables. Some olives, nuts, and crackers can be added for extra flavor.
“My absolute favorite thing to include is dip,” says Syn, “Good Foods has a variety of plant-based dips to make heathy eating easy and delicious.” This wide selection of better-for-you dips, includes new Spicy Queso Blanco, and has something for everyone — including those living vegan, paleo and keto lifestyles — and are packed with flavor and contain no added sugar. Syn points out that each can be eaten solo or as a part of a favorite recipe.
Consumers can find Good Foods’ dips and spreads in stores nationwide, including Target and Costco.
For more information, go to goodfoods.com.
The last of Syn’s new ways to include healthier habits into daily routines is to spend less time on social media. She suggests trying to audit how much time is spent on popular platforms, asking people to “really be aware of what kind of information is being consumed, and if it’s having a positive or negative affect on their lives.”
According to the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, it has found that limiting one’s social media engagement to 30 minutes per day leads to better mental health and positively impacts a person’s overall well-being.