3 Tips for Staying on Track

February 12, 2014

How is the New Year going for you so far? If you feel like you may be slipping on resolutions, you're not alone. So many people set lofty goals and are disappointed soon after. Now is a good time to think about steps you can take to point yourself in the right direction. Here are 3 ways to help you get on track regardless of your goals:

  • Make Time for Family Dinner: Research has shown that kids are less likely to get into trouble, and often get better grades, when the family dines together regularly. Try to make time in your schedule to eat together at least several times per week. It is a great time to find out what went on during the day.

  • Stay Active: While winter means shorter days and colder temperatures, it can present good opportunities for outdoor exercise. Walking, hiking and cycling are all excellent if you bundle up. New studies even point to colder temperatures as a way to burn a few extra calories.

  • Get Enough Sleep: Sleep is essential for a person's health and well-being, and many of us are not getting enough shut-eye. More than 40 percent of adults experience daytime sleepiness severe enough to interfere with their daily activities at least a few days each month, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). Sleep is especially important for children as it directly impacts mental and physical development. Additionally, lack of sleep has been shown to make weight loss more difficult. It interferes with our bodies' natural routines and often we compensate for being tired by consuming more calories.

No matter what your goals or your progress so far, every day is a good day to get back on track. If you worry that you "failed" your New Year's Resolution, turn your thinking around. Give us a call at 866-886-4698 if you want guidance to get back on track, we're happy to educate and motivate our patients - it's all part of a successful journey.