As the New Year begins, most people are in the process of trying to improve themselves and their lifestyle in the form of their New Year’s resolutions. According to a University of Scranton survey published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, two of the top five most common resolutions are health-oriented. The most common resolution among all is to “lose weight,” with “staying fit and healthy” coming in at fifth most popular. Both of these goals are major lifestyle changes that require a serious commitment in order to be successful. That commitment ultimately comes to the person undertaking these challenges, and an effective way to set the year up for success is to invest time and some money into the things that will assist in achieving those goals.
First, and arguably most important, is a visit to a physician. It is widely recommended that before embarking on a weight loss regimen or other lifestyle change that you consult with your doctor about your health. This investment of time and possible co-pay can help in setting attainable goals to improve your quality of life. It can also help to keep tabs on common medical issues that you may be prone to develop.
Those who are looking to lose weight or strive to maintain a general level of good health often are looking to join gyms and fitness clubs. These facilities can vary in price based on the services and attention made available to each member. These membership fees should be viewed as an investment in your well-being, and just like with any other investment, a little bit of research can go a long way toward earning the returns you desire. Most gyms and clubs will provide a guided tour of the facility and information on the services available to members. By taking the time to research different clubs, you are better able to decide where you are most comfortable, what is most cost-efficient, and where you could most effectively exercise, thus making it more likely for you to go to the gym.
Finally, making time for these lifestyle changes is vital to ensuring that they become habit and successful resolutions. Changes such as these require a change in how people spend their time. People who wish to lose weight can schedule time to prepare meals at home rather than rely on the convenience of restaurants. Those who wish to stay fit and maintain good health can schedule more time to be at their gym. Time you spend in a day should be seen as an investment, and when you invest that time in yourself, these goals and others can be more easily achieved.
Good luck on your New Year’s health resolutions!
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