They say the most popular New Year Resolution is somehow related to health and fitness. Lose weight, exercise more or eat better are all pretty common things to resolve to do at the start of the year. I love that people are talking more about healthly habits and hope that the stats are wrong and more than 50% of resolutioners are still working toward their goals in three months.
I do get it though, it isn't always pleasant to exercise (it is all out hard some days) and eating healthy is confusing with all the changing and contridictory information out there plus choosing a healthy meal over a burger and fries isn't easy in the beginning. But it doesn't have to be all or nothing.
For example, if you said you would workout 5 days a week starting January 1 and you haven't done it, that is ok. Do some form of exercise as often as you can. It doesn't have to be at a gym to count or a certain number of days. Do what you can to make it a habit most days of the week. Find something you enjoy doing and figure out ways to make it easier. Didn't make it to that morning spin class because you couldn't get out of bed earlier than usual? What could help you get up? Getting to bed earlier or making sure you have all of your clothes out and ready might make it easier to workout early. Whatever it is, look for the obsticles and ways to remove those blocks. Think of the reasons you want to be healthier...eliminating health issues, living longer for your kids...whatever it is.
Healthier eating doesn't have to be an all out cleanse, or diet, or 30 day thing (but it can if that works for you...except the diet thing...but that's a whole other post). Just start cutting back on the bad stuff and adding in some good stuff. A great place to start is what I consider one of the worst offenders, pop. For the love of pete, pop has no nutritional value and is bad for you. Period. (read more here) If you are drinking it, cut back to eventually not having any or cut it old cold turkey, whichever works best for you. Just making that one change will make a difference.
Bottom line, small changes do add up and are worth making. Making your life healthier can be done in many ways. Find what works for you and keep at it. These should be lifestyle changes, results/benefits won't happen or last if healthier habits are abandoned at the end of January (or Febuary or March...). January 1 isn't the only day to begin living better, any day is a great time to start.