Tonight, we’ll kiss 2013 goodbye, and begin anew in 2014, usually with New Year’s resolutions. As you’d probably guess, the most common resolutions
are related to health: lose weight, eat better, and get more exercise.
We all know that sticking with a New Year’s resolution is difficult (an informal survey of my team members’ past resolutions quickly confirmed this fact), but the good news is that the act of setting a goal already makes you much more likely to achieve it. It also helps to rely on outside resources for guidance, so here are a few tools that will help your healthy resolutions stick.
Burn it Off
The first step to eating healthier (and being healthier overall) is awareness because it’s way easier to avoid that plate of leftover Christmas cookies if you know each cookie is 200 calories. Use our Burn it Off
calculator to figure out how many calories you’re consuming each day, and use that information to ascertain how much you need to exercise (or stand up!) to burn it off.
Likewise, the first step to getting more exercise is by being aware of the progress you’re making each time you muster up the energy to go on a run, or to the gym. Our Calorie Cruncher
calculator does the work for you. Use it in tandem with the Burn it Off calculator to figure out how many calories you’re eating versus burning, and you’ll reach your weight loss goal in no time.
Technology may not make it easier to exercise and eat better, but it will make it easier to track and record your progress. Earlier this year, we wrote about five apps to help keep you healthy
, and five apps that help you eat better
. Some of them provide easy exercises to follow, others help you make healthier food choices, and others still make tracking, and sharing, your progress easy. Best of all, all of these apps are free!
As we’ve written about before, standing up during the day is a boon to your health
, and lucky for healthful New Year’s resolutions, it’s something that requires very little effort. Sure, standing up while working may take some getting used to, but it’s a relatively painless way to make a small, yet significant, difference in your health. You’ll feel the results (more productive, more alert) almost immediately.
Invest in an electric sit/stand desk
, or hack your way
to better health. Whatever you do, don’t just sit there all day! Get up, stand up, and stay moving. Moving more during the day is the ultimate secret to making your healthy New Year’s resolutions stick.
Tell us about your New Year’s resolutions and how you’ll make them stick in the comments!