Start off small when setting New Year's resolutions

Jan 03, 2014

The New Year is a time for new beginnings and to set goals that strengthen one’s spirit, mind and body. While it’s tempting to make big goals, it’s essential to start small. Set goals that are attainable, easy to sustain and lead to big benefits over time.

Here are five New Year’s Resolutions the Penobscot Bay YMCA recommends for 2014:

1. Eat healthy: Make water the drink of choice (supplemented by age-appropriate portions of 100 percent fruit juices and low-fat milk) and eat more fruits and vegetables. Keep it interesting and create some variety by mixing and matching fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables.

2. Commit to community service: Giving back and supporting neighbors can benefit everyone involved. Not only is it a personally rewarding experience to help others in need, but it’s also a way to meet new people or discover an interest. Find an opportunity in the community, such as cleaning the neighborhood park or distributing food at a local food bank.

3. Unplug from technology: Limit screen time (television, video games, computer, etc.) and instead set aside an hour or two for activities. If weather permits, go for a walk, bike ride, trip to the park, or have a game night at home with family or friends.

4. Be physically active: It’s important for children to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day (30 minutes for adults). Incorporate physical activity into daily routines and spend more time walking to places instead of driving to improve health and well-being.

5. Put extras to Good Use: Have extra canned goods or clothes that could benefit others in need? Clean out the pantry, closet or attic and donate extra items to homeless shelters or community outreach programs.

“At the Y, we are committed to strengthening communities and believe this begins with strengthening the people within the community,” said Troy Curtis, executive director, Penobscot Bay YMCA, in a news release. “Setting a goal to achieve any one of the Y’s recommended five New Year’s Resolutions can help improve one’s health and well-being.”

For additional tips or to learn more about how to get involved with the Penobscot Bay YMCA, contact 236.3375 or visit

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