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December 28, 2017

New Year’s resolutions for the whole family for a healthier 2018!

By Tampa Bay Parenting

Reach Success by Reframing New Year’s Resolutions

As you change your calendar from December to January, there’s always a bit of a thrill in the promise of a new year that’s full of potential. The New Year is a chance to start fresh and say goodbye to the previous year’s frustrations—a perfect opportunity to make resolutions that will help strengthen one’s spirit, mind and body.

However, many of us find our resolutions thrown out along with the holiday decorations. It’s no wonder—starting the New Year by making sweeping cuts to our diets and declarations that we’ll hit the gym seven days a week doesn’t exactly set us up for success! In fact, a nationwide YMCA survey found less than a quarter of respondents kept their resolutions. Many (71 percent) tried, but stated they fell short of their goals, while 40 percent confessed they gave up within the first few months, even weeks, of the New Year.

Survey after survey show weight loss/fitness is the number one New Year’s resolution. When it comes to adding healthy behaviors, like exercise, it’s important to find a facility that keeps you motivated—like the YMCAs of Tampa Bay! The Y is not just a gym, but a community organization that offers more health, more hope and more opportunity.

The Y focuses on a holistic approach to health. So, when you join the Y, you’re committing to more than simply becoming healthier. You are supporting the values and programs that strengthen your community. At the Y, children learn what they can achieve, families spend quality time together and we all build relationships that deepen our sense of belonging.

Related: 5 tips for a healthier and happier family

By reframing resolutions and breaking them down into smaller, easy-to-sustain goals you’ll see big benefits in the long run. Here are five New Year’s Resolutions the YMCA recommends for 2018:

Move More: It’s important for children to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day (30 minutes for adults). Incorporate physical activity into your daily routines and spend more time walking to places instead of driving.

Swap a Soda a Day: It may be difficult, but cutting soda can do wonders for your body. If you can’t cut it entirely, resolve to swap one soda a day for a large glass of water instead. Once you’ve been able to swap one out, see if you can cut soda entirely.

Schedule Family-Time: With work, school, and activities, family-time may seem like an impossible ask, but see if your family can have a “screen-free” night with no phones or video games. Instead, use that time to play a board game, play outside, go to the Y or visit with family and friends.

Volunteer Your Time: Giving back and supporting neighbors can benefit everyone involved. Not only is it a personally rewarding experience to help others in need, it’s also a way to meet new people or discover an interest. Find an opportunity in your community, such as reading to children at the Y or distributing food at a local food bank.

Related: 9 places in Tampa Bay where the family can volutneer together

Put Extras to Good Use: Clean out your pantry, closet or attic and donate extra items to homeless shelters or community outreach programs.

Try not to think about what you’re missing, but rather what you’re gaining. For example, you may want to limit your screen time in 2018, but that can be more manageable if you replace it with something positive like volunteering or setting special time aside for family. This can make a resolution feel more positive, and therefore more achievable.

It’s important to not let yourself get discouraged by setbacks. Even though you may experience some missteps that doesn’t mean you have to give up. Nobody got their bad habits over the course of a week, so you’re not going to change them in a week either. Change is a process and bad days are part of that process.

2018 is your year to see that getting involved with the community and making lifestyle changes can change your life for the better. The Y can help! You can come to a Y and feel supported, improve your well-being and learn healthy habits that last a lifetime while creating meaningful experiences in your life.

This New Year, join a cause that benefits yourself as well as your community. Log on to http://www.ymcatampabay.org/find-your-y/ and let one of our 25 locations across five Tampa Bay Area counties help you take the best care of yourself in 2018! And if you’re traveling during the New Year, we are proud to offer Nationwide Membership access to YMCA facilities across the United States. This way, you can use the Y as often as you’d like, making it easier to achieve your health and wellness goals.

Related: Gift an experience at the YMCA


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