The first month of the year is officially half over. At the same time, residents have already noticed an uptick in visitors and part-time residents returning for the winter. The last of the holiday decorations are being laid to rest in plastic storage bins, and the hype of a New Year is starting to fade. This is a good time to keep your healthy resolutions in check.
According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology by the University of Scranton, nearly half of all Americans make New Year's resolutions, but only about eight percent achieve them over the course of 12 months. In fact, most women give up on their resolutions before the month of January is over--have you ever noticed how gyms seem to clear out by January 31st?
If you have made a healthy resolution, this is a good time to check in to see how you're doing before you fall off the bandwagon. The most common resolutions have to do with physical and emotional well-being. Among the top resolutions include:
- losing weight
- eating better
- getting fit
- spending more time with family and friends
Chances are, you might have blown your resolutions. But before discouragement distracts you from your goals, consider starting over. It is a new day and it is never too late to improve your health and well-being. Sometimes just taking a walk can provide clarity and focus for your goals. We are fortunate enough to live in a state where outdoor walks are doable on just about every day of the year.
While resolutions can kick-start your way to a happier and healthier new year, it is important to focus on how lifestyle changes can positively affect your life for years to come. So instead of focusing on getting lean for bikini season, for example, think of how eating better and frequent exercise will make you feel. Stick with your goals over the long-term and consider checking in once a month to see how you're doing. Whether you write down your goals or tell them to a loved one, the accountability is ultimately up to you. Do whatever it takes to help inspire and motivate you to be your very best.