Come the first week of January, many of us can relate to a week of frenzied activity at the gym or a “quick fix” crash diet that crashes before it even gets off the ground. Also relatable are the feelings of defeat or even disgust at what we view as our failures. But what if the New Year didn’t mean a resolution to fix ourselves, but a series of simple steps to allow us to enjoy life more?

Many of us can expect to live well into our 80’s or beyond. Being older does not have to mean taking to a rocking chair. In fact, we now have many great role models in their 90’s who demonstrate that our quality of life will be determined in large part by our physical and mental well-being.

One way to ensure we stay motivated to pursue a healthy lifestyle is to incorporate easy and sustainable changes into our existing daily routines. Simple changes could include standing up while talking on the phone or walking to the watercooler at the other end of the office a few times a day. Adding more water and more steps provides double the benefit!

If we start adding just 10 minutes of mild physical activity to each day, it is likely we will be able to sustain it over time. Eventually, you can even do these short bursts of activity 3 - 4 times a day. This will add up over the years to a healthier you and is much easier than committing to a full hour at the gym 3 times a week.

Another fun and easy approach is choosing a Take Your Break activity. They are organized into Calming, Energizing, and Relaxation categories. Many of the Energizing activities feature movement to help you increase your energy and focus for the day.

So say goodbye to the shame and blame of unreasonable New Year’s resolutions, and embrace the small steps that can lead to a healthier you.