January is coming to an end and the gym crowd seems to be thinning out, along with many people's motivation to hold true to their resolution! Here are some tips on how to make your New Year’s Resolution stick longer than this month.
-Make your goals specific: a goal as broad as “eat out less” is too broad. Set a goal for each week at a time such as “cook a meal at home 4 days a week” or “only eat out 1 day a week”. Having a measurable goal helps people stay motivated!
-Make your goals attainable: promising yourself to go to the gym every day is unreasonable if you haven’t been there in months! Try a more reasonable goal such as “go to the gym 3 times a week”. Once you get into a routine you can always modify your resolution to 4 days a week or more.
-Don’t try to do too much, many people want to accomplish multiple goals and make a resolution such as “eat healthier, quit smoking, and exercise more”. Although all of these resolutions are a good idea, if you try to accomplish too much too quickly, you are more likely to become overwhelmed with all you are trying to accomplish and give up altogether! If you have multiple goals you want to accomplish this year try them in steps. For example you could try eating healthier for January than continue that into February but add exercise to your routine.
-Don’t give up! If you fall off track of your new healthy diet, don’t fret! You can always start fresh the next day! We all need a cheat day! January 1st is not the only day you can start a resolution! How about February 1st?
The most important part of picking a resolution, no matter what time of the year, is that it motivates you to make improvements, whether it is fitness, nutrition or anything your heart desires! Always remember that the smallest change can make the biggest difference!