What is this?
We are nineteen days into the new year, and already some of the fitness pages I subscribe to are giving me tips on how to keep going on my New Year’s resolutions when I am ready to give up. Do they really think it’s that hard to keep a resolution?
Apparently, it is.
A quick Google search netted me a plethora of statistics about resolutions and the subsequent disregard thereof. It seems anywhere between 35% and 45% of Americans make “lose weight” their top resolution each new year, but not even half of them will succeed. That’s not very encouraging. I also found plenty of tips for keeping your healthy resolution, but if those tips on their own worked, I scarcely think 70% of adults in the U.S. would be overweight.
Maybe dramatically recreating yourself on a certain date each year isn’t such a great idea?
Here’s a better one:
Make moderate changes, one at a time. Start when you’re ready, not when the calendar tells you to.
We set ourselves up for failure when we make too many vows at the same time. Start with one thing: You will give up that unhealthy bedtime snack. After a few weeks of heading to bed without a bowl of ice cream or stack of cookies, you will notice two things: you are already feeling better and slimmer, and making that healthy choice has become a habit. Then you are ready for the next step. Maybe for you it’s to start taking a 30-minute walk four times a week. Maybe it’s get a set of weights and start some resistance training. Maybe it’s to track your calories and become more aware of your daily consumption. You decide the next step – and take it. Each change you make, give yourself time for it to become a habit before you make another change.
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