It has been stated that by mid-January, most adults have already given up on any well-meaning resolutions that began January 1. Whether it’s eating more vegetables or joining a gym, it seems that life always gets in the way of those pesky resolutions to do something better than one did last year. By the time December 2013 rolls around, many people will undoubtedly forget what their resolutions even were. So if you are someone who does want to have positive changes in the new year, what is the best way to go about it? As February approaches, is all hope lost?
The good news is that you don’t have to throw your resolutions to the curb with the Christmas tree. I have learned that the best way to approach resolutions is to reframe them in your mind. Here are three tips I came up with that have helped me over the years:
1. Turn your resolutions into goals. I’ve heard many experts say this is a good approach. By setting a goal, such as running your first 5K, you can create a manageable plan to achieve it.
2. Break your goals into small steps. This might seem obvious, but people often say they want to lose 50 pounds and get frustrated when they lose ten by April. In reality, that is a huge achievement that should be celebrated. By incorporating good habits and building on those habits, you will achieve your goals.
3. Do what you love. While this is true in any aspect of life, I find it to be particularly true when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. If you dislike running, try a group fitness class. If you are bored with your cardio routine, add some strength training or intervals. Working out is easier when you enjoy it, so find something you enjoy. Take the time to try numerous activities until you find something that you really like.
There are many ways to stick to your goals. By building a strong foundation, you will set yourself up for success in the new year. If you need extra encouragement, read fitness blogs or magazine articles. Best of luck on your journey.