Dr. Stowers offers this advice to help re-energize a New Year’s resolution:
1) Vary your activities: Nothing stalls an exercise program like boredom. If your routine feels like drudgery, it's time to shake things up a little. Consider why you feel uninspired. Is your routine too repetitive? Would you prefer a more social activity? Do you want to switch to a competitive sport?
2) Re-commit: If you couldn’t follow through on your resolution this year, don’t give up. You certainly don’t have to wait for next year to make a new plan. Instead, focus on the warmer weather that’s ahead of us. Summer is a great time to commit to a more active lifestyle, which can help with both weight loss and exercise resolutions.
3) Review your goals: After you've been working out for some time, exercise can start to get comfortable. That's the time to ask yourself if you can increase the length of your workout or increase the intensity. Remember, the key is balance: Push yourself, but don't overdo it to the point of injury.
4) Reward yourself: If you have kept on track for your goals, give yourself a treat. Choose something meaningful that respects your fitness or weight loss goals. Remember, this is not just a prize for a job well done, but an incentive to keep you on track for good health in the months ahead.
Dr. Scott Stowers is a noted bariatric surgeon with several offices in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. For more information on how effective surgery can help you with permanent weight loss, contact him at My Bariatric Solutions (http://mybariatricsolutions.com/