These tips for keeping new year resolutions will help you stay healthy all year long.
While millions of Americans make New Year's resolutions, many fail to maintain their goals past the six-month mark. What makes the difference between those who stick with their goals and those whose old habits just won't quit? Resolution tips vary, but ultimately the easier and more convenient your methods are, the easier it'll be to stick with your goals. Changing your mindset is one thing, but changing everything from your diet to your social life can put a stop to your progress. Don't try and go it alone: Rite Aid makes it easy by putting everything you need in one place. With the right tools, you can make sure that you're a resolution success story in the making.
You try to eat right, but life gets in the way. A busy schedule, travel, and even cravings can make it hard to stick to a healthy diet, no matter how strong your resolve. Make your goals a little easier by loading up on quick, convenient, and healthy snacks to help you stay on track. Rite Aid stocks healthy options so you're never far from a better-for-you snack. Healthy snack bars, whole grain or veggie chips, dried fruit, coconut water, and even meal replacement shakes can help you stay away from the chips, candy, and soda that derail your progress. Still aching to fulfill your sweet tooth? Low-sugar options like Atkins Snack Bars are a guilt-free option that can keep you satisfied.
If your nutrition goals revolve around improving your vitamin and mineral intake, give yourself a boost by starting your day with a multivitamin. Whether you prefer a chewable vitamin, like Centrum Multigummies, or a nutritional shake, Rite Aid has a nutrition solution that is both convenient and easy on your budget. Browse through printable coupon deals, Load2Card coupons, or circular deals to save money on the brands you love while hitting your health goals.
Making fitness part of your New Year's resolution isn't always about weight loss, but building endurance and feeling great in your own skin. Still, even the most motivated goal-getter can feel discouraged when results aren't quick and easy. Feeling like your resolve is losing luster? Try measuring your progress in different ways. You might not see movement on the scale, but tracking your steps with the Craig Activity Tracker can help you see an improvement in cardiovascular endurance. Or, pick up a Weight Watchers Body Analysis Scale to measure body fat as well as your weight; you'll find that seeing a decrease in percentage of body fat is just as motivating as losing pounds.
If numbers aren't your biggest motivator, make time to reflect on your progress every day. Are your energy levels improving? Did those skinny jeans slip on a little easier? Taking stock in these small moments can help you build confidence as you work toward your fitness goals.
Quitting smoking is one of the toughest New Year's resolutions to make, but it's also one of the most beneficial. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, quitting smoking drastically reduces your risk of lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and respiratory issues. It also means you'll need more than just a few resolution tips to increase your chances of success. Rite Aid offers a free Quit Smoking Solution Center, where you can access resources, support, and even choose a smoking cessation product that's right for you. Don't face such an important goal on your own: your Rite Aid pharmacist can help you every step of the way so you feel supported and successful.
While it's true that many Americans won't stick to their resolutions from January to June, you know better: by making your goals simple, easy, and convenient, you won't have to rely on sheer willpower. Take stock in the little moments as you go and you'll not only accomplish what you set out to do, but you'll enjoy it too.
By Jae Curtis
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Quitting Smoking
These articles are not a substitute for medical advice, and are not intended to treat or cure any disease. Advances in medicine may cause this information to become outdated, invalid, or subject to debate. Professional opinions and interpretations of scientific literature may vary. Consult your healthcare professional before making changes to your diet, exercise, or medication regime.