Thursday, January 17, 2013
If your weight loss program has hit a wall, don't give up: Here are six surprising ways to get back on track.
It's Jan. 17, and the numbers on the scale have hardly moved, or worse, they're creeping up. The smoker in your life is still puffing away at Pall Malls and the one with the drinking problem is three sheets to the wind—on a Tuesday. Somewhere deep in the bowels of the earth, road construction season is well underway, but don't despair. There's still time to set things right. 1. It's not you. It's your New Year's Resolution itself. It's true: Most people fail, even if their New Year's Resolution is based on their most earnest and ardent wish. "Usually within the first month about 75 percent have fallen off the wagon," said C. Alan Steed, a psychologist from Allina's Medical Clinic in Eagan. Why? Steed says that in many cases New Year's …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Have you resolved to have a family movie night each week? Take more time for yourself? Share your 2013 resolutions in the comments section below.
I make new resolutions every year. There's something about Jan. 1 that makes me want to start some things fresh. And usually I'm able to stick to about half of them—like giving up watermelon for the month of February or taking a nap once a week. (Wink) Try as I might, I haven't been able to convince myself that a gym is a great place to be three times a week—however, I'll give it another shot in 2013. Patch wants to know what resolutions you've made for the new year. Have you vowed to have a family movie night each week? Take a family vacation to Yellowstone National Park? Make a standing date with your partner? Or maybe you've decided to count to three before yelling at your clumsy nine-year-old for breaking yet another glass dish. Tell …
Friday, December 30, 2011
Who started the tradition of making New Year's resolutions?
Civilizations around the world have been celebrating the start of each new year for some 4,000 years. Traditions include going to parties, eating special foods, watching fireworks and, of course, making resolutions. Who started the tradition of making New Year's resolutions? Editor's Note: Select your answer in the poll below and tell us how you know the answer in the comments section. The answer will be posted later in the day.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Registered dietitian Lindsey Walder recounts a few common psychological barriers to getting healthy.
As January comes to a close, some of us may already be wondering how our zeal for New Year’s resolutions could have waned so quickly. Just three and half weeks ago, you may have vowed to make 2011 your best year yet: planning to eat better, exercise more, and, with any luck, lose weight. Ah, but here we find ourselves, slipping into the old comfortable ruts as the puppet strings of life once again start tugging. If you are already struggling to get to the gym once a week (let alone your intended six days), you might consider: Did I bite off more than I can chew here? Was my goal of swapping out all candy for kale a bit too ambitious? Was attempting to lose weight even though I’m barely keeping afloat in other areas of my life just setting…
Monday, January 3, 2011
With the new year comes New Year's resolutions. For Mendota Heights gyms, that means business.
January gym memberships, often inspired by New Year's resolutions to lose weight, get fit or be more active, can make the year—in just one month—for locally owned and operated gyms. At Snap Fitness Center in Lilydale, January and February enrollment can equal business done the rest of the year, according to owner Greg Meehan. Anytime Fitness at Mendota Plaza sees roughly a third of its annual business in January alone, said owner Reid Bradley. "It's a great time to grow your business," Meehan said, which is why he spends more than half of his advertising and marketing dollars during the first two months of the year. "It can be the most effective time to spend it." Even specialty fitness centers, such as CorePower Yoga, see an increase …