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ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

How to Make 2012 a Healthier Year

Published January 4, 2012 2:18 PM by Catlin Nalley

A healthier lifestyle is a resolution set by many at the beginning of the new year. However, as the holidays pass and our busy schedules get the better of us, the best intentions often fall by the wayside. With the first few days of 2012 behind us, how are you faring on your resolutions?

Dian Griesel, PhD, and Tom Griesel, authors of the new book TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust suggest that the key to success is to not treat healthy living as a resolution, but rather a day-to-day activity. 

The authors stress the importance of incorporating health habits into our daily lives that can be maintained throughout the year. The book highlights seven steps that will help make 2012 a healthy year, even in the face of demanding schedules:

•Set a goal for fat loss and improved body composition, not a reduction in scale weight

•Drink more water

•Focus on being more active

•Build and strengthen your muscles

•Start improving your diet

•Get a good night’s sleep

•Practice regular stress reduction techniques

No goal is too big as long as you take small, manageable steps towards reaching it. What are you going to do to make 2012 the best year it can be?


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