New Year’s resolutions can be easy to make, but difficult to follow through with. This is due, in part, to the fact that some of the most common resolutions—losing weight, starting an exercise program, eating healthier, and quitting smoking—are some of the most difficult behaviors to change.
It is also because the process of making these changes can be complicated. If you want to lose weight you need to decide which diet you will follow, which may require buying specific foods or learning to prepare meals in a particular way. If you plan to eat out you will want to learn which foods fit with your diet. Maybe you will be counting calories or tracking points. That all takes time and practice, which might delay you from getting started.
Fortunately, there are some easy ways for you to jump-start your New Year’s resolutions. In my Health & Fitness column in the Aiken Standard this week I share a few simple steps you can take to get started. This can give you time to figure out the details and learn new skills to help you succeed in the long run.