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A New Year, A New You?

Simple resolutions can be easier to maintain

For many people, the new year represents a fresh start, and a time to set goals and resolutions. But too often, pursuing overly ambitious resolutions actually sets a person up for failure.

“Whatever your goals, it’s important to make them attainable, and start out making smaller changes to your routine,” said Dr. Peter McDougall, a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. “For example, instead of going from being sedentary to trying to run five miles, try a program of walking and jogging easily for 30 minutes three times a week.

“Also, if dietary changes are planned, but you don’t eat many vegetables now, don’t aim to go vegan immediately. Just adding an extra fruit or vegetable to each meal may be a more reasonable goal.

“Simple changes really are the most effective at improving an individual’s overall well-being,” McDougall said. “Otherwise, you might get frustrated and give up.”

To help people achieve those goals, Texas Health Resources has launched TexasHealth.org/Well-Being. The site offers a free daily email reminder with a simple task to complete. The task could be something as easy as thinking of one word to describe how you want your day to be, to completing 10 quick stretches. The idea is that the task can be done in less than five minutes and still improve someone’s well-being. The site also includes healthy recipes and other resources.

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