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Monday, January 12, 2009

New Year's Wellness Resolutions

Now is the time of year Americans evaluate the effect on their waistlines of too much holiday indulgence. Now is also a great time to help the people you work with evaluate their New Year’s resolutions.

CNN health.com interviewed health experts for a list of health tips to help employees keep their resolutions. Consider posting these in a central location! Here are some of the best:

Exercise: Keep exercising wherever you are. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park at the end of the grocery store parking lot, and walk an extra two minutes. If you can just work out for 10 minutes a day, grab those 10 minutes for all they’re worth.

Goals: Write down specific goals. “Don't be vague. Instead of ‘looking better’ write down specifics, such as being able to run around with kids at the park or not wearing a baggy T-shirt to the beach,” says Dr. Melina Jampolis, a San Francisco, California, physician nutrition specialist.

Visualization: In the same way that athletes visualize success, see your body as what you want it to look like, says Patrick Murphy, personal trainer.

Commitment: Make a daily 10-minute workout commitment. "People have a million and one excuses, and many are legitimate," says Robert Dothard, a personal trainer. "Ten minutes is a great start. It's a creation of habit, that's going to move you in the right way."

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