The clock is ticking. You know that, come January 1, you’re going to get cracking on your New Year’s resolution to start living healthier. But why wait?
The pros at Integrated Peace Arts—a White Plains-based a non-profit organization specializing in mindful weight loss—have come up with a few things you can do to get started on that resolution right now. The good news is these are easy life changes—think of it as a warm-up until you’re really ready to go full steam ahead. (And, when you are, see the details of the Mindful Life Weight Loss program below). “Small changes can add up to big results,” says Integrated Peace Arts founder Kim Gold.
Work these into your daily routine, and be one step ahead come January.
1. Think in terms of footsteps, not miles.
“Measure the amount of footsteps you take on an average day by using a pedometer app or wearable device,” Gold says. “Then, add to your baseline each day. Challenge yourself to improve on the day before.”
2. Make one food substitution.
“Swap one unhealthy food with a healthier choice,” she advises. “For example, if you have a sugary drink with every meal, have water instead. You will decrease calories without feeling deprived. Aim for a reduction of about 200 calories.”
3. Do one small act of kindness each day.
“Negative emotions take a toll on our health,” Gold notes. “Kind acts generate positive emotions such as compassion, generosity, and joy. This creates a positive ripple effect for yourself and others.”
From January 2 through March 6, 2015, Integrated Peace Arts offers it Mindful Life Weight Loss program, which uses a behavioral approach to lasting weight loss, examining at how lifestyle choices affect weight. The program ($50) consists of 10 classes plus unlimited group sessions. For more information, visit weightlosswestchesterny.com.