Maintaining a healthier lifestyle and losing weight are popular New Year’s resolutions. In fact, on the list of top New Year’s resolutions on the USA.gov website, five of the 13 most popular goals have to do with better fitness and health. What’s more, according to a study mentioned on WebMD, around 30% of resolutions involve weight loss and 15% cite wanting to start working out. If you have set a health-related goal for the new year, here are some easy tips to help you see it through to completion.
1. Set Specific Short Term and Long Term Goals
Losing weight and eating healthier are worthy resolutions, but if that’s as specific as you made them, chances are you’re having trouble seeing them through. Make your goals specific, like a particular weight, a certain time for running a mile, or a set number of reps for your strength training. Then, set several benchmarks between the day you start and your end date so you can track your progress.
2. Start Small
You don’t have to change your entire routine overnight. There’s nothing like a complete shock to your system to make you lose motivation fast. Start small like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or a walk at lunch instead of sitting at your desk for the entire time. Replace one of your salty snacks with something healthier or start packing your own lunch. Build towards your first benchmark and increase your workout tasks or dietary changes as you get more comfortable with your new fitness program.
3. Mistakes are OK
Just because you skip a workout or splurge on dessert does not mean that your resolution has gone out the window. If you’re maintaining a healthy routine and have stuck to the benchmarks you set for yourself, chances are you’re still progressing towards your goal. Allow for a few setbacks along the way and don’t use them as an excuse to throw in the towel.
4. Keep Yourself Accountable
The easiest way to let your resolution slip by is to keep it to yourself so no one will know if you started or stuck to it. Tell your friends and family your goals. Chances are, you’ll find others with similar resolutions. What’s more, like-minded people make a strong support system to help keep your determination and perseverance going strong.
Whether you’ve already started towards your 2012 goals, or are still working on getting going, we hope these tips help you see your resolutions through.