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New Year’s resolutions can be hard to keep

By: Mansoor Ladha

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 12:23 pm

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January is a resolution month. That’s the time when most people make their New Year resolutions, but it’s only the fortunate few who can keep them. Not a bad custom if you can keep it.

Keeping New Year’s resolution can be difficult so shrewd marketers have come up with aps that can help people get organized and keep track of their exercise routine. People aiming to improve their health can turn to fitness trackers for the iPhone, thus allowing them to keep you on track minute-to-minute and hour-to-hour.

According to Toronto psychotherapist Nicole McCance, it could be the timing that plays a major part. In January, everyone is tired, sick (remember it’s the flu season in Alberta this year), recovering from hangovers from the holiday festivities and the month’s weather is miserable.

“I honestly believe that the number would be much higher if it was June 1. The days are sunny, the days are longer; I think we’d be much more successful — we’d have much more energy in the summer,” said McMcance.

Those who plan to get up early next day to start running have to sacrifice an hour of sleep.

In January, Canadian winters are brutal and with roads not cleared for weeks, it’s hardly an ideal setting for runners. Recent weather that we have been experiencing, not only in Alberta, but elsewhere in the country, proves the point.

However, there are some fanatic exercise addicts who overcome the obstacles by going to the gym without any problem. There are more chances of fulfilling your resolution if you link up with such a person. Working out with others would help people to achieve their goals.

One of the most popular resolutions is to quit smoking. I am sure you have a friend, relative or someone you know who has tried to quit smoking and failed.

I don’t know if you noticed that all of a sudden, January is the time when ads on television become more frequent and newspapers are full of flyers – all wooing the public to weight reducing programmes and keep fit classes. There are reduced rates and special incentives aimed at those of us who have gained a few inches.

Montreal-based Dr. Mitch Shulman suggests proper planning is essential for successful exercise. Shulman suggests writing down why you want to do it, and keeping your notes with you at all times, so that in moments of weakness, you can read it to remind yourself why the resolution is important.


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