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Five Surefire Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

DECEMBER 17, 2019

At the end of December, we all make resolutions to better ourselves in the new year. By the middle of January, however, those good intentions fall by the wayside when the high of the holidays is over and we’re back in the stress of the day-to-day.

Whether you’re striving to eat healthier, exercise more or be savvier about your finances, here are several steps you can take to keep your resolutions in check and see the results you want in 2020:

Step 1 – Don’t get carried away.

There are two reasons many people fail at keeping resolutions—they set their goals too high or shoot for too many goals at once. For instance, if kicking your smoking habit is your top resolution, understand that breaking old patterns can take time. Do it too quickly, and the withdrawal symptoms can be brutal, leading you right back to the pack. Instead, give yourself a few months and work with your healthcare provider on smart cessation tactics.

In addition, keep your focus on one specific goal. Deciding to cut back on snacks at the same time you cut out cigarettes can be too much to take on at once. Tackle your smoking habit first before addressing your next health goal, and you’ll have much better results.

Step 2 – Set measurable and specific goals.

screen shot 2019 12 17 at 9.58.44 pmAll resolutions should be SMART—specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-sensitive. Simply stating, “I’m going to exercise more this year” is a great goal to have, but what does “more” look like? To see the results you want—enhanced muscle tone, weight loss, more energy—you need to establish actionable steps you can monitor.

A better statement is: “I’m going to take a 30-minute walk five days a week.” Then, schedule those walking sessions into your calendar to be sure you do them. Using a tracking app like MyFitnessPal allows you to view how many calories you burn with each walk, how often you walk, and how much weight you’re losing with your increased exercise.

Step 3 – Take small steps instead of a big leap.

Let’s say your goal for 2020 is to write a book. So, you take a Saturday to start writing down everything you’ve stored in your head. But instead, you sit there with writer’s block and leave the coffee shop with a few notes and lots of doodles. That frustration you feel can leave your book dead in its tracks.

A better option is to start your resolution slowly. Write for 10 or 15 minutes in the morning before work while your brain’s still fresh. Jot down some ideas while waiting in the doctor’s office. Record a voice memo if an idea pops up while you’re in your car. With each little success, you can work up to longer writing sessions, and by the end of the year, you’ll have your manuscript in hand.

Step 4 – Set yourself up for success.

1100 swivel landingWe all know to rid the pantry of junk food before beginning a healthy eating plan. However, it is wise to consider your current physical condition and speak to your healthcare provider before making any change. For example, if your resolution is to improve you balance and gain strength, you may need to attend physical therapy or use assistive devices before venturing out on your own. Becoming stronger and more balanced is a great goal, but there is nothing wrong with having safe options, such as a stairlift, while you make gains on flat (and safer) ground.

Each small change is a step in the right direction. Part of setting yourself up for success is seeking the right help and avoiding potential setbacks that could derail your goals.

Step 5 – Be your best cheerleader.

The hardest thing about keeping a resolution is bouncing back after taking a slip. Grabbing a slice of birthday cake at an office birthday party isn’t a death sentence for your diet. Just make smarter choices at dinner time. If you take a smoke break after being yelled at by your boss, hit the restart button and take a walk instead the next time you’re upset.

On the flip side, be sure you celebrate each critical milestone. Striving to lose 25 pounds? Treat yourself to a scoop of ice cream with friends, or your favorite candy bar when you lose that first 10. Training to run a 5K? Call a friend when you run your first mile without running out of breath.

Any resolution can feel overwhelming at first. But by planning out your journey and taking each step slowly, you can end 2020 on a brighter note than when it started and enjoy a happier, healthier you for years to come!

Frequently asked questions about stair lifts

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions or common misnomers about stair lifts.

  • All stair lifts attach to the steps.  A common misconception is that the stair lift rail somehow attaches to the wall, creating damage or holes in the wall.   There is no construction or preparation required when attaching a stair lift to the steps, and in general if we are working with carpeted steps, there is rarely a trace of the lift even being there after it is removed.   The carpeting does a good job of filling in where the track was screwed down to the steps.
  • Stair lifts (aka stairway lifts, chair lifts, stair glides, stair chairs) are available to work on just about any type of stair case.   There are models that are made to work on straight staircases, which is the most common.  Additionally, there are some manufacturers that produce curve or spiral track stair lifts to accommodate a staircase with bends, turns or multiple flights.
  • Stair lifts have to carry capacities that range from 275 lbs to 600 lbs.
  • A little-known fact by people considering a stair lift is that the chairs all swivel at the top landing.  This facilitates a safe transfer on and off the chair, protecting the user from potential issues around the top of the staircase.
  • Almost all new stair lifts manufactured today utilize battery operation, which means they will run in the event of a power outage.  The unit is supplied with an automatic battery charger which keeps the batteries inside the lift freshly charged after each use.  The batteries can last up to 3 – 4 years.  The user just has to make sure the charger stays constantly plugged in to a normal outlet, just like any other home appliance.
  • There are no negative aspects of installing a stair lift.  If the staircase happens to be right at a traveled hallway, the manufacturers have options like folding rail sections to keep prevent trip hazards.
  • We can also install a unit even if you have a door at the top of the basement steps, which is very common in KC.  People worry that it cannot be done.   It is a normal installation method for most brands.
  • People are concerned about whether or not their staircase is wide enough.  Most staircases are 36 inches wide, and the handrail takes about 3 inches.  So that leaves 33 inches clear width.
  • Depending on the height of the person using it, we can put stair lifts on staircases less than 30 inches wide.
A good common practice for those users that utilize a walker or wheelchair is to keep a separate one at both the top and bottom landings, thereby ready for use.  Rather than trying to move those up and down the stairs every time they use the stair lift.
All in all, the benefits of a stair lift are numerous:
  • Significantly less expensive option than moving
  • Keeps the client in their homes, where they desire to be
  • Helps the client maintain their independence
  • Provides safety in the home, which relatives and immediate family are concerned about, by almost entirely eliminating a risk of a fall due to the staircase.
  • Allows the client to utilize all the levels of their home, safely, without forgoing travel to the upstairs or downstairs levels.
  • Can be used by folks of any age, with just about any physical condition.

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