Have the healthiest year ever!

Here’s a checklist for how middle aged women can have the healthiest year ever:

1. If you have a goal of losing weight, be sure to include in your circle of friends others who have successfully reached a healthy weight. Dr. Nicholas Christakis, a researcher at Harvard Medical School, has shown us that one’s likelihood of becoming obese is more closely correlated with who your friends are than with what you eat.

2. Relative to fitness, consider thinking about the many ways that exercise makes people happier. Based on Oxford University researcher Michael Argyle, we know this to be a fact. Make your own list of how exercise affects you, and keep it handy when you’re feeling the need to motivate yourself.

3. Relative to mind/body wellness – consider this tip: Set daily priority lists with items that are tied in with your longer-term goals.Consider tackling the hardest task goal/task first. Based on the theory of goal-setting proposed by Edwin Locke, and perfected by Mary Kay Ash, the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, this method has proved tremendously successful.