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Don't Lose Your Resolve to Live Healthier

Article date: January 23, 2009

Sticking to those New Year's resolutions can be tough, especially if you've put major lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, getting more exercise, or eating better on your list. A lot of us start out strong on our new healthy path, then lose steam after the first few weeks.

If your resolve is faltering, these tips can help you stay on track.

Quitting Smoking:

  • Remember that giving up smoking is one of the best things you can do for your own health and that of the people around you. Make a list of the reasons you decided to quit and keep it handy. Pull it out when temptation hits.


  • Create a non-smoking environment at home and at work, and spend as much free time in non-smoking places (libraries, museums, malls) as possible.


  • Keep toothpicks, carrots, celery sticks, or gum on hand to replace a cigarette in your mouth.


  • Stay away from situations or places you link with smoking. Create new routines.


  • Make your goals more specific. Resolve to walk 30 minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or do 10 minutes of stretching every morning before breakfast.


  • Pick an activity that fits your style. If you like to socialize, recruit a friend to exercise with you. If you'd rather go it alone, try a video.


  • Find fitness opportunities in your daily routine. Take the stairs, use a rake instead of a leaf blower, or if possible, walk or ride your bike instead of drive.

Eating Better: 

  • Choose lower-calorie alternatives to your favorite foods, like sorbet, skim milk, or air popped popcorn.


  • Avoid temptation. Buy single-serving snack packs rather than a family-size bag, and skip the all-you-can-eat buffet. 


  • To save on fat and calories while you're eating out, try an appetizer, half an entrée, or share a meal with a friend and order an extra side salad. Get more restaurant eating tips here.


  • Track what you eat in a food diary. It will help you spot unhealthy patterns.                                                                                                      

 Visit the Stay Healthy section to find more tools, information, and resources to live healthier every day of the year.


Reviewed by: Members of the ACS Medical Content Staff

ACS News Center stories are provided as a source of cancer-related news and are not intended to be used as press releases.

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