Around this time of the year, many of us begin to ponder the idea of a New Year’s resolution. Approximately 40% of Americans will make a commitment to the coming New Year, and of that percentage a measly 10% claim that they successfully followed through with their resolution. Can you guess what the most common resolution was? Ask a neighbor, better yet, ask yourself. Chances are it fell under the category of health, wellness and/or fitness, as those have been ranked in the top three most common resolutions by psychologists. Here are a few tips on how to set and keep resolutions.
So what happens, why do resolutions fail?
Were they commitment-phobes? Willpower weaklings?
Nope. Not even close.
12 months. 52 weeks. 365 days. Those can all be daunting numbers when it comes to initiating and living out new practices. The best way to navigate this is to take some time to figure out how you work best.
Would it make your life easier, and keep you motivated, to check in with someone on a daily, weekly, monthly basis? If yes, then your best bet is to find a friend or professional who will keep you accountable. Personal trainers, nutrition coaches, group exercise instructors – you name it, they’re all out there waiting to help you achieve your goals – so take advantage of it!
Are you starting the new year off with the goal to become healthier, lose weight, increase your fitness level, and/or learn better nutrition habits because you know it will bring some sort of internal satisfaction, or because you will receive something in return [possibly tangible, physical, or psychological]? Maybe you have a competitive side. Depending on what it is that makes you want to make these changes, you’ll be able to find a type of program that works best for you. Do you need a group setting so you can compete against others? Or a one-on-one setting where you may be exposed to more education throughout the process? Is there a prize to be won? What is it that will keep you in the ‘game?’
Creating new habits to help us reach our resolution goals, oftentimes can be the place where we go wrong. We may think we must make drastic changes to our everyday life so that we will master our objective, but this is not the case. Implementing a small change every week or two will actually help you integrate that change into your normal routine without overwhelming you or your brain; thus making it a lifestyle change. Next time you think your routine needs a serious overhaul, start smaller. Make a list of all the changes that you need to make in order to get you on track towards your resolution, and try to change just one thing every two weeks; you’ll be surprised by how much more doable it seems.
Are they S.M.A.R.T.:
Say your resolution is a general “I want to lose weight.” Ok, great. But first, you need to be more specific – exactly how much weight do you want to lose? How will you consistently measure this weight loss? Is this an attainable goal that you possess the skills to undertake? Is it realistic – something in which you are willing and able to work towards. Lastly, have you given yourself a time frame in which you want to accomplish it? Without getting precise about what you want, it’s harder to develop a plan, making it easier to fall off track.
Each of us are capable of setting and attaining a goal. Some may be more challenging than others, but that doesn’t make any one person’s goal better than, or less than, the next person’s. What is to be celebrated is the effort and commitment put forth by those working towards self-improvement. So, if you’re teetering on the edge, weighing the pros and cons of starting a new self-experiment, reach out for some guidance! Not sure what your goal is, but know that you want to start working towards one? Great! Contact a coach or counselor that can help guide you in the right direction. Know that your resolution is fitness/health/nutrition related? Amazing! Get in touch with one of the coaches at Custom Kinetics to map out your plan with a professional. Not quite ready to make the plunge in the gym, but still want to work on habit setting and learn more about nutrition? Enroll in the user-friendly coaching program, powered by Precision Nutrition, offered at Custom Kinetics.