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Failed New Year’s Resolutions Serve a Purpose – Try Again with Color!

A mom/daughter fitness publishing team is encouraging mainstream America to make full use of the eleven months of potential fitness improvement left in this year, and offers some practical tips and a tool that can help turn fitness resolutions into daily action, and daily actions into long term healthier lifestyles.

(PRWEB) -- With obesity and lifestyle-related disease threatening to overwhelm the U.S. healthcare system, it's important that people not give up on their failed fitness or health-related New Year's resolutions, putting them off until next year. A mom/daughter fitness publishing team is encouraging mainstream America to make full use of the eleven months of potential fitness improvement left in this year, and offers some practical tips and a tool that can help turn fitness resolutions into daily action, and daily actions into long term healthier lifestyles.

“In making a resolution, you made a decision to change, and that's important in itself. Rather than beat yourself up over the failure, take a closer look at the positive things you did or learned that could help you succeed in the future,” says Stillwater MN based Jennifer Luhrs, creator and publisher of the Streaming Colors™ Fitness Journal.

“Also list some of the factors that derailed you, and start breaking those down into smaller, more specific barriers you can overcome one step at a time,” says daughter Alexis Luhrs, 26. “For instance, instead of giving up all sweets forever -- a resolution that's bound for failure – resolve this month to turn down those tempting breakfast pastries at work and have a slice of whole wheat toast and peanut butter instead. Then move on from there.”

Luhrs, 55, and her Los Angeles based daughter believe many people make resolutions that are too sweeping and general to be realistic. To make big changes over time people should reward themselves with color each day for the small victories they achieve. On the Streaming Colors fitness calendar, boldly-outlined daily modules are colored in each day to show positive fitness or health actions. Each person determines their own goals and creates their monthly color key. Yellow might indicate exercise, orange could track fruits and vegetable consumption, green might celebrate a french fry-free day, and red could show you met your daily goal for limiting alcohol intake. Coloring is fun and serves as a reward for daily actions. A lack of color is a reminder and motivator to try a little harder.

The Luhrs women add these tips for turning your resolutions into lasting lifestyle changes:

  • Results-oriented goals such as “lose 20 pounds” should be replaced by action-oriented goals that you can track, such as “walk briskly for 60 minutes, six days a week.”
  • Treat the first of each month as if it were the first of the year. Evaluate your successes or challenges from the previous month and adjust your new small goals accordingly. Using your Streaming Colors calendar you can revise and update your color key and goals each month.
  • Build your exercise goals around an activity you enjoy or something fun you want to do by a set date in the future, so that exercise enhances your lifestyle, rather than feeling like punishment. For example, planning to bike along the Tour de France route next July would be a great incentive to train on your stationary bike. A future hiking trip with your kids could motivate you to get out and walk each day.

“Home exercise enthusiasts, runners and others who have decided to take charge of their own fitness and health were the first large groups to embrace our calendars. They are spreading the word to friends and through the online fitness forums,” says Jennifer Luhrs. “Now we want to reach the vast majority of people who think it takes willpower to begin a program.

Our message to every American is that you are already on a program, by virtue of what you do -- or don't do -- for your health each day. Today is the day to start tracking what you're already doing, so you'll know where to improve. Then start coloring in something positive on your calendar every day, no matter how small, to get moving in a healthier direction.”

The Streaming Colors Fitness Journal ($15.95) is available online at www.streamingcolors.com and at amazon.com. Ask for it through your employer, health care provider, fitness trainer and other retailers.

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