Tip of the Day
Start the Year with a Sidekick
This time of year, it’s easy to skip the gym in favor of snuggling up with loved ones for a movie on the couch. It can be easy to slip into a lazy routine, especially in these cold months. However, loved ones and friends can also be your biggest advocates to achieve a healthy weight.
Take time to evaluate your eating and physical activity plans and consider ways to work together towards a healthier lifestyle in the New Year:
- Plan your meals and shop for groceries together. Develop an eating plan that includes plenty of fruit and vegetables, lean meats and whole grains as part of most meals. Then cook them together.
- Exercise together. A workout plan including two hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate physical activity or one hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous activity is essential to maintaining a healthy weight. Exercising together is a great way to support each other and spend more time together.
- Be a pillar of support. If loved ones start to waver on the plan you established together, be there as a source of encouragement and support.
For more information on leading a healthier lifestyle, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit our Healthy Weight Section.
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Reviewed November 2012