New Year's Resolution Backup Plans

It may have sounded good at the time, but your New Year's resolution may be impossible to keep. Don’t ditch it completely; just go to plan B. Here is what we suggest.

Plan A: I will work fitness into my life more

Plan A: I will work fitness into my life more

Plan B: The disincentive here is that you’re constantly inconvenienced for five or ten minutes, and for what? Has anyone ever gotten buff by adding a flight of stairs or a 200-foot walk to their daily life? No—it is, surprisingly, bigger than that.  “Initially, it takes effort to learn these new behaviors. But as they become ingrained, they shift from the conscious part of the brain to storage in the automatic part,” says Ruth Wolever, Ph.D.  And it does add up: A recent study at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh confirmed that three 10-minute workouts daily were just as effective for weight loss as one 30-minute workout.

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