The New Year is close and it`s that time of the year to make new resolutions – the top resolutions of 2011 are learning to ride a bike and losing those extra pounds – say experts.
Get in one hour of moderate physical activity each day: "Snow shoveling, vacuuming, taking the stairs – you don`t have to run like a hamster on a wheel for 60 minutes. Take three, 20-minute brisk walks, or compile the one hour based on a series of activities," Bartfield said. Watch less than 10 hours of TV per week: "Many argue they don`t have time to exercise, but when I ask them to count the hours they spend watching TV or surfing the Net, they are able to find the time for activities where they are moving instead of sitting," Bartfield said. What not to do - Barriers that prevent people from losing weight Overestimate amount of physical activity: "Park your car farther away, take the stairs, manually change TV channels – these are all simple ways to get more physical activity and you need to write them down as they are performed to keep yourself honest," Bartfield said. Underestimate caloric intake: Keeping a food journal helps you document the calories you take in. Set unrealistic goals: "Patients often set vague and outcome-related goals such as "weigh 150 pounds by summer" or "exercise more." Set specific and attainable goals. Instead of trying to get to a certain weight, start by trying to lose 10 percent of your weight – that amount has been shown to have a statistically significant improvement in health and reduction in risk of obesity-related disease. Lack of consistency: "Eat at regular intervals seven days per week," she said. Failure to plan for setbacks: "Enlist a trusted friend, or enroll in a program to learn and master the rules of weight loss," Bartfield said. ANI
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