New Year’s Resolutions

Premier Physician Network providers answer Frequently Asked Questions about Being Healthier in the New Year.

How should my New Year’s resolutions change as I age – in terms of expectations and goals?

Dr. Silk talks about how to adjust your New Year’s resolutions with your age. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript. 

 

 

As you move through life, you’ve probably learned that many New Year’s resolutions you and those around you have made over the years don’t stick.

As you age, you’ve probably learned that setting realistic expectations and smaller goals can help you to achieve success, according to the American Psychological Association (APA).

Try not to use the start of the new year as a marker for a complete life overhaul. Instead, try to make it a time to reflect on your past year’s behavior and a time to promise yourself positive lifestyle changes in the year to come, according to the APA.

If there is a larger goal you’d like to achieve, break it up, suggests the APA. Set small, attainable goals throughout the year by adding a new goal once you reach the first, second and so on.

For example, if your goal is to eat healthier, the APA recommends replacing dessert with a healthier option you enjoy – such as fruit or yogurt. That way, you are not completely depriving yourself of the sweets you want.

The APA also recommends focusing on changing only one behavior at a time. It takes us awhile to develop our unhealthy behaviors, so it’s reasonable to think it will take some time to break those behaviors as well.

For more tips on how to plan resolutions for the new year, talk with your physician.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Geetha Ambalavanan, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Meghan Brewster, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine; Sally McIntyre, MD, Belmont Physicians; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Cindy Smith, MD, West Carrollton Family Medicine; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine