As the icy wind howls (for many of us) and we all get back into our weekly routines, it can be hard to believe the resolutions we made in the glitter and shine of New Year’s Eve: making time for the gym, packing a healthy lunch, remembering to breathe.

To help you stay motivated for healthy changes, here’s some WVFC posts you might have missed the first time around.

A few smart cooking techniques can make healthy eating delicious, and pretty easy. Check out our recent excerpt from the Mayo Clinic’s latest report for tips about braising and baking, and using herbs and spices to capture flavors without salt or fat. Earlier, Keri Gans, our nutrition expert, offered some tasty diet tips to get you through the holidays, and not exacerbate menopause’s increased diabetes risks.

Of course, exercise — even just walking more inside your house! — was also on most lists. We learned that even Oprah struggles just as much as the rest of us to make healthy diet and exercise a priority. But Dr. Pat fought back the holidays with boxing lessons from her trainer, loving its twin challenges of body and mind.

“I see myself fighting back from sloth, fighting off gluttony, fighting in Madison Square Garden.

As I am boxing, I imagine that I am wearing a special form-fitting body suit like those worn by superheroes, only my colors will be those of our own www.womensvoicesforchange.org: orange and white. I am suddenly fighting for The New Menopause!”

Feeling daunted by the thought of fighting for time on the treadmill? Contributing editor Elizabeth Willse has some tips and tricks to help you find space for your workout in a crowded gym. Interestingly, this season she reports that her favorite gym in Midtown Manhattan doesn’t have the usual throngs. Maybe this is the year everyone’s working out at home? Maybe each got a Nintendo WiiFit game for Christmas? (The latter’s not a bad option, as long as you actually do more than use it to create a million mini-Miis.)

You can work out at home, of course, if you have space. You could use that Wii, and/or follow along with a DVD. (Netflix.com and Blockbuster Videos actually have fitness videos you can rent and try out.) Or if you want a personal trainer to come to your house, you can find someone online. Accredited certification organizations like the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise maintain databases of personal trainers who can come to your house and train you there.

At the gym or at home, listen to our resident physical therapists, Eveline Erni, who offered serious tips  (and a few protective exercises) to make sure your knees stay healthy.

Perhaps dancing is more your style than jogging or jabbing (it’s great for your mind and body, too). Last April, Chris Lombardi reported on a scientific study that proves dancing is good for you. And we’ve all seen how Dr. Pat has resolved to greet the new decade, by making time for music and dancing.

I resolve to add music back to my life. I lost the habit of turning on the sound system when I walked in the door and have not given much thought to the emptiness that is there now. I need to crank up the volume and start dancing again every night.

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  • Laura March 5, 2010 at 5:35 am

    Hi–I’m 55 years old and my #1 motivation for getting stronger and fitter is my grandchildren!
    Actually, I don’t even have any grandchildren yet so I really need to do everything possible to be in good shape when they do arrive. I want to be an active grandma who can physically play with her grandchildren.

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