Start off 'small' when setting New Year's resolutions

2014-01-06T00:00:00Z Start off 'small' when setting New Year's resolutionsFor The Times nwitimes.com
January 06, 2014 12:00 am  • 

The New Year is a time for new beginnings and to set goals that strengthen a person. 

Set goals that are attainable, easy to sustain and lead to big benefits over time. Here are five New Year’s Resolutions the Valparaiso Family YMCA recommends for 2014:

1. Eat Healthy: Make water your drink of choice (supplemented by age-appropriate portions of 100 percent fruit juices and low-fat milk) and eat more fruits and vegetables. Keep it interesting and create some variety by mixing and matching fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables.

2. Commit to community service: Giving back and supporting neighbors can benefit everyone involved. Not only is it a personally rewarding experience to help others in need, but it’s also a way to meet new people or discover an interest. Find an opportunity in your community, such as cleaning the neighborhood park or distributing food at a local food bank.

3. Unplug from technology: Limit screen time (television, video games, computers, phones, etc.) and instead set aside an hour or two for activities. If weather permits, go for a walk, bike ride, trip to the park, or have a game night at home with family or friends.

4. Be physically active: 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.

5. Put extras to good use: Clean out pantry, closet or attic and donate extra items to homeless shelters or community outreach programs.

“At the Y, we are committed to strengthening communities and believe this begins with strengthening the people within the community,” said Bob Wanek, CEO of the Valparaiso Family YMCA. “Setting a goal to achieve any one of the Y’s recommended five New Year’s Resolutions can help improve one’s health and well-being.”

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