|Small Steps Add Up to Big Changes|
|Tuesday, December 28, 2010|
For the New Year millions of Americans resolve that they'll exercise and eat healthier. So, why by the end of January are so many of those resolutions broken?
New research may shed some light on the problem.
It's not that people don't know that exercise is good for them and can improve their self-image. Obese and overweight people, in fact, are even stronger believers in the importance of exercise than those of normal weight, according to a survey of more than 1,500 men and women conducted by George Washington University Medical Center. But many overweight and obese people loathe the idea of huffing and puffing in front of younger, thinner gym-goers, the poll found.
So in the end, it's emotions, not a lack of determination, that may keep people from regular exercise.
The key may be to avoid an all-or-nothing approach. Instead of committing to daily spinning classes at the local health club, overweight people may choose to start by making smaller, incremental changes, such as taking the stairs or walking for a few extra minutes a day, or making small, healthy choices when it comes to food -- like using mustard instead of mayo or trying to eat just a bit less each day.
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