New Year’s resolutions in the works? Small steps are best

Los Angeles Times:

So, you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to get healthy. No doubt you’ve banished all cookies and chips from the house and plan to hit the gym every single day.

Let’s get real. In three months, you’re going to be comatose on the sofa with a telltale ring of orange Cheetos crumbs around your mouth.

Most people start off the new year by making grand, sweeping changes — and the changes never stick. What does stick? Thinking small: setting modest, attainable goals and slowly chalking up petite successes as you steadily build confidence. It’s a strategy that can lead to substantial and sustainable health improvements over time, as fitness and nutrition experts well know.

Not that there’s anything wrong with wanting to run a marathon or lose 50 pounds — but it’s not going to happen in a month, and when it doesn’t, people often feel a huge letdown and then throw in the towel.

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