21 Mar 2017
When it comes to New Year resolutions, a common one most people make is to be healthier both physically and mentally. Likewise for George Goh, our 2017 Goals Facebook Contest winner. Having faced difficulties in keeping fit and maintaining an exercise regime previously, this rock climbing enthusiast shares his plans to achieve his 2017 resolution.
"Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today"
This quote by Benjamin Franklin is not just a quote that George lives by but also serves as a constant reminder in his quest to be healthy. Procrastination is one of the main reasons people veer off track from attaining their goals and needs to be stopped.
So how can you stop procrastinating? Experts suggest start by acknowledging that you are procrastinating and understand how and why you drag your feet. If you put off exercising after work because you are tired, try scheduling your workout in the mornings. No time to prepare healthy meals? Find recipes which you can prepare in advance and refrigerate the meals!
Get a gym buddy or a group of friends to work out with
If you need a little help to start moving, try working out with friends. Not only is it fun, it will also discourage you from bailing out on your friends. Working out does not have to be the usual weights training in the gym or a jog in the park, it could also be over a game of badminton, soccer or Frisbee! All you have to do is find like-minded friends, set a constant timetable and stick to it. Vary the exercises so it is always interesting.
Taming the sweet tooth
Another action plan George has to be healthier in 2017 is to cut down on sweet and salty food and drinks. A common mistake people make when watching their diet is to cut out sweet and salty food completely. While this is great and effective, it is unsustainable in the long run as you will only end up craving for more. Instead, gradually cut down your intake by adding one teaspoon of sugar instead of two into your tea or substituting white sugar with brown or raw ones. Take it a step at a time so your taste buds have time to adjust!
The key to achieving any goals is to get started. It is okay to start small or slow as long as progress is a constant. Keep going at it and you will eventually achieve your goal. Cheers to a healthier 2017!