Are you the one in four who's going to blow your New Year's resolution the first week if you haven't already?
Will you be among the five in 10 who will be resolutionless after six months?
Don't beat yourself up. Those who keep New Year's resolutions usually are the kind of people who don't need them.
The most common resolutions: spend more time with family; lose weight; quit smoking; smell the roses; go on the wagon; save money.
The rate of stick-to-it-iveness is thought to be just under 50 percent after six months. About 75 percent of resolutions are thought to survive after the first week.
Experts say the best resolutions are specific and realistic. Don't just say you're going to lose weight. Say you'll lose 25 pounds in 2010 by giving up Haagen-Dazs as a 2 a.m. snack.
FALLING FOR THE HOLIDAYS
You've decked the halls with boughs of holly, but use a steady ladder or stepstool when taking down those decorations or else you may receive an unwelcome gift this holiday season - a fall.
An average of 5,800 Americans - two to three per hour - were treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries sustained while decorating between Nov. 1 and Jan. 31 in 2000, 2001 and 2002, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control
But here's what's striking: 62 percent of those injured in holiday-related falls are aged 20 through 49. This age group represents only 30 percent of fall injuries on an annual basis.
Most of the accidents this time of year - 43 percent - resulted from ladder use.
The CDC offers these four holiday-fall prevention tips:
- Recognize the possibility of falls.
- Use safe ladder practices (see cdc.gov/injury or laddersafety.org).
- Use safer alternatives, such as step stools instead of furniture, while hanging or removing decorations.
- Be aware of seasonal fall hazards, such as decorations on the floor.
5 TIPS FOR BETTER EATING IN 2010
Now that the eggnog has settled into your thighs, the time is ripe for the annual pledge to eat more healthfully in the coming year - but this time, you're sticking with it.
Try these five easy resolutions for healthful eating in 2010.
1. Make it a habit to buy fruits and vegetables every time you go to the grocery store. Variety is important: If you typically eat apples and green salads, work in some citrus, bananas and grapes. Fresh is best, but canned and frozen also work as long as they don't contain added salt and sugar.
2. Cook at home more often. When you eat out, typically the portions are larger and you can't control the ingredients.
3. Lower your salt intake. Everyone should consume less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day, and people with risk factors should get less than 1,500 milligrams. Check nutrition labels.
4. Eat something with protein and fiber within an hour of waking up in the morning to help jump-start your metabolism.
5. Experiment with natural flavor boosters so that you don't depend so much on packaged foods. Grow fresh herbs on your window sill and add them to tomato sauce. Try lemon, lime and orange zest in soups, salads and marinades.
SOURCE: SARAH KRIEGER, A SPOKESWOMAN FOR THE AMERICAN DIETETIC ASSOCIATION
DON'T FREEZE YOUR FITNESS ROUTINE
Does a chill in the air make you want to curl up underneath a blanket by the fire? With the right preparation, you can embrace the elements while staying active and healthy. Here are tips on how to safely savor chilly season activities:
- Layer your clothes so can take outer garments off as you warm up.
- What's underneath counts. Underwear, socks and gloves that pull moisture away from the body can prove critical for comfort. Ditch the cotton. It absorbs sweat, which will make you even colder. Look for liners made of synthetic polyester and microfiber fabrics that will repel moisture from your skin.
- Check clothing to make sure there aren't any holes that can let the cold air in.
- Keep your hands and ears warm. Use mittens on really cold days because your fingers stay warmer when they're together. Your extremities will get cold fastest; covering the hands and feet may seem obvious when it's cold, but it's just as important to protect your ears.
- Allow extra warm-up time. Your muscles take longer to loosen in the cold. Take time afterward, too, for cool-down stretches and breathing.
- Drink plenty of water or drinks with electrolytes.
- Don't forget sunscreen, lotion and lip balm to keep skin and lips safe from sunburn, UV rays, and drying and cracking.
NEWEST WORKOUT DVD: PUSSYCAT DOLLS
So here's what we've come to in fitness: The Pussycat Dolls have recorded a fitness DVD so you can purr through your workouts.
The group has sold more than 7 million records worldwide, had a hit reality TV show, hosted their own lounge in a Las Vegas casino and modeled for a successful lingerie line. Now it's on to fitness.
The workout is mainly about dance moves, which can elevate the heart rate, burn calories and firm up dancers.
Find the DVD at major retailers and at Amazon.com.
FROM WIRE REPORTS