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IVGID Tip: Get healthy — start your New Year’s resolutions early!

Pandora Bahlman
Special to the Bonanza

New Year's resolutions typically have about a 20 percent success rate. So why not avoid the whole "change your life in January" cycle and start right now?

Now is the time to get a jump-start on healthy habits and fitness goals, before we hit the holidays.

Below are a few thoughts and suggestions to get you on your way to personal health success and a healthy holiday season.

1: Make fitness and healthy eating part of your everyday routine.

2: Realize that it will take about 20 days to create new habits, and about six months before they become part of your life.

3: Choose simple, attainable goals.

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4: Write down the changes/goals you are going to make and carry them with you or post them in a visible location. For example:

• Work out at the Recreation Center on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 9 a.m. for 50 minutes by attending the 9 a.m. group fitness classes: Monday-Zumba, Wednesday-Get-on-the-Ball, Frida-Cardio Cycle and Saturday-Cardio Strength.

• Drink only one glass of wine per day on the weekends and no drinks during the week.

• Eat dinner (600 to 700 calories) at 7:30 p.m. and a 100 calorie snack at 9 p.m.

• Lunch and breakfast should be no more than 400 calories, plus a 100 calorie snack at 4 p.m.

5: Give yourself a break to have a couple of great holiday meals, but try to stay within your healthy alcohol limits (one drink for women and two drinks for men). Taste all the goodies, but limit your portions. After you have had two holiday meals, don't repeat them for several days after.

6: Take a vigorous walk after a big meal.

7: Give yourself the gift of a personal trainer, health coach or gym membership before the holidays.

Enjoy the holidays, your family, friends and food, but don't drop your fitness and eating goals through the season's festivities.

Remember that if you stay fit and eat with healthy intensions, you will burn extra calories, reduce stress, and avoid the need to make a (doomed to fail) New Year's Resolution in 2017.

Happy healthy holidays to you!

Pandora Bahlman is Manager at the Incline Village Recreation Center.