Health Watch – Resolution Checkup

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If you’re like many of us, all those healthy new habits you vowed to start this year may have already started to fall by the wayside. It’s too cold to go jogging, and the gyms are full of all those other people who resolved to exercise more. The cold weather makes comfort food more appealing, and that makes the diet harder to stick to. After a couple of lapses, the next thing you know, you’re back to your old habits.

This week on Health Watch, we’ll try to give you a boost with a resolution check up. Why are resolutions so hard to keep? Dr. David Self, a psychologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says it’s because we don’t stick with the new behaviors long enough to make them a habit. Your brain chemistry will actually create habits over time if you consciously choose to act a certain way. Then the new behavior will become second-nature. Keep trying to keep your resolutions for the next few weeks, and it will become much easier.


January 2007

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