New Year, New You!

Looking for a positive way to kick-start the New Year?  New Year’s resolutions are a fun and popular way to start fresh, but they often tend to fall flat by February. Here are some tips and tricks on how to stick to healthy and popular resolutions to help start the New Year off right.

Decrease Intake of Sweets and Fats

A sweet tooth can prove to be a challenge, especially during the holidays.  Instead of making unrealistic promises—like, “I’ll never eat chocolate again,” or cutting out fast food entirely—it’s more effective to set a time limit or a portion limit regarding favorite guilty pleasures. For example, try only eating a single square of chocolate rather than the whole bar, or only ordering fast food once a month.

Exercise More

Vowing to exercise more is one of the most common resolutions made by people each year. It is also one of the most often broken. Many people start off strong but end up abandoning the exercise routine quickly.

Instead of rushing into a vigorous workout, try starting off slow. Adding more exercise gradually as the body grows stronger will maintain a steadier pace and ensure a longer lasting commitment.

Make Meals from Scratch

It’s easy to get discouraged from making meals from scratch because it’s a bit more time consuming than simply popping a TV dinner into the microwave, but it is also much healthier. Instead of promising to make a home cooked meal after a busy day when it is likely that fatigue and hunger will take over, try setting one day aside to cook a few meals for the following week, then pop them in the freezer where they will be ready for quick consumption later on.

Lower Stress Levels

A simple and effective way to get some quick stress relief is simply by walking. Taking a 5-10 minute walk is a quick and easy way to relax at any time of day, perhaps early in the morning, during a lunch break or after dinner.

For more help on choosing the right New Year’s resolution and staying motivated towards goals, feel free to contact the Employee Assistance Program at ACI Specialty Benefits (800) 932-0034, or email at eapinfo@acispecialtybenefits.com.  Looking for a coach? Ask ACI if your company’s benefit covers personal coaching!  Happy New Year from the team at ACI Specialty Benefits!

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About ACI Specialty Benefits

ACI Specialty Benefits ranks in the nation’s Top-Ten providers of Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), corporate wellness programs, student assistance, corporate concierge, and work/life services to corporations worldwide. ACI partners with clients to Perk Up employee engagement and performance with benefit programs that improve morale, productivity and the bottom-line. With a 95% customer retention rate and over 7 million lives covered. ACI remains a privately-owned specialty benefits corporation, headquartered in San Diego. For more information, visit www.acispecialtybenefits.com or call 800.932.0034.
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