According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, a big reason why resolutions fail is that they’re too ambitious. Success is more likely if you take that big resolution and slice it into small, achievable goals
Resolution 1: Quit smoking
Although quitting can be difficult, it’s not impossible. Many smokers attempt to quit several times before giving up for good. Here are 4 small steps to help you stick to your goal:
Resolution 2: Eat healthier
The key to success is not to try to reform your entire diet at once. Set small goals: for example, add more fiber to your diet by replacing white bread with whole grain. Check the labels of foods you eat and resolve to reduce the amount of sugar, saturated fat or sodium you consume in a day. Add one extra fruit or vegetable to your daily meals.
Find out how your diet measures up to national guidelines using the Dieticians of Canada eaTracker.
Resolution 3: Start exercising
People who exercise frequently, moderately and with lots of variety will stay active their entire lives. In a study published in 2013 in the British Medical Journal, researchers found exercise to be potentially as effective as drug therapies for secondary prevention of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Secondary prevention means treating patients for existing disease before it progresses to serious illness.
Try finding ways to be active that you really enjoy. It might be playing with your kids, walking with a friend or joining a recreational sports team or fitness class. If you haven’t exercised in a long time, check with your doctor before starting a workout regime.
As a Blue Advantage subscriber, enjoy these discounts on health and lifestyle services from our partners:
What is Blue Advantage?
The Blue Advantage program allows Blue Cross members to save on medical, vision care and many other products and services offered by participating providers across Canada. The program is unique because it provides discounts at point of sale on the total cost of products and services from participating providers across Canada, regardless of whether the item is covered under your benefit plan. Simply present your Blue Cross identification card to the participating provider and mention the Blue Advantage program. Blue Advantage is just one more way Blue Cross is working in your community to offer members access to affordable, quality services and products that can help them make healthy lifestyle choices.
Provider information is provided solely for the purpose of advising our members of savings currently available. It is not our intention to suggest preference for any particular product or company. Responsibility for the product and final cost remains solely between the member and the provider. Providers are not required to provide the Blue Advantage discounts to members or their dependents on products that are subject to other special sales or coupon promotions at the time of purchase. The list of providers and/or the type of savings available are subject to change without notice. For the most current information contact the store directly or visit www.blueadvantage.ca.