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Are You Ready for New Year Resolutions?

Are You Ready for New Year Resolutions?

The SaS Health Promotion Model Can Serve You for New Year Resolutions

The SaS Health Promotion Model Can Serve You for New Year Resolutions

With just about 40 days left to the 2013 calendar, it’s time we get ready to help our participants with their new year resolutions. Here’s what we at SaS have to offer.

At the beginning of a yoga class, I like it when the instructor asks us to set our intention for the next 60 or 90 minutes. Sometimes I decide to work on my flexibility, sometimes it’s breath, flow, relaxation, or just enjoying my body in movement. What matters is not what I pick. What matters is that I pick something that will keep me engaged for that particular class, and that I switch my focus from class to class. If every yoga class were mainly about breath, I’d probably get bored before the month is over. But with the variety of focuses, I can experience similar classes in new ways, and keep my interest high.

In a sense, the SaS health promotion model is very similar. We like to recommend that our clients focus on one of sleep, food, mood, or exercise for a little while, but move on to a different group of habits within a few weeks so the pressure remains light, while engagement remains strong.

Thanks to the improved biochemical activity that each new health behavior generates, any lifestyle improvement can benefit your participants’ New Year resolutions and keep them moving in a positive direction, even when motivation for the original goal starts to melt away.

For example, someone who resolves to exercise more (what a novel idea!) can focus on his exercise goal directly for the first few weeks of the year. But when his excitement starts to waver, he can move on to improving his sleep habits a little, and observe if the extra sleep gives him more energy to invest in physical activity. A little later he may be tempted to take on a few mood boosters, and see if that makes him feel more willing to challenge himself physically.

The idea is to keep your participants engaged while limiting the chances that they feel overly encumbered with their resolutions. Good news, we license our 6-week online program, which you can use to do just that. See here how it worked out for Lynne, a coach who is also one of our former participants.

There is still time to join our team before year end. Don’t miss out! See what SaS online can do for your participants and for your business.

MJ Shaar – in 20 seconds


MJ is one of the most sought-after experts blending positive psychology and health promotion. She spent over 15 years coaching, teaching, speaking, researching and testing smart health habits. Marie-Josée Shaar received her undergrad at McGill University in Organizational Behavior, followed by a Master of Applied Positive Psychology at University of Pennsylvania. She's certified as a Wellness Culture Coach, a Personal Trainer, and a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant.

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