How to Make Healthy New Year’s Resolutions You Can Stick With
By Brian Acton
If you plan on making a newfound commitment to your health in the New Year, your intentions are good. But making a resolution is much easier than going through with it - according to U.S. News, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February
New Year’s resolutions often require lifestyle changes, which can be tough to manage even with the best of intentions. Here are a few ways you can increase your chances of sticking with your healthy New Year’s resolutions.
- Be Realistic
You should only make resolutions you can realistically keep, with modest initial goals. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, you should concentrate on small lifestyle changes instead of radical body transformation. Otherwise, you run the risk of becoming discouraged or overwhelmed when progress is slow.
It’s best to concentrate on one lifestyle change at a time. It will be hard to reduce stress, quit smoking, and
lose weight simultaneously!
- Set Measurable Goals
You should set well defined, measurable goals that are achievable. For example, instead of resolving simply to lose weight, you could resolve to lose five pounds by summertime. If you have no defined measurements of success, it will be more difficult to stick with your resolution.
- Make a Plan
A game plan will help you stay on track. Once you’ve defined your goals, identify the specific actions you must take to achieve them. Do research to determine the best path toward success. As you approach the New Year, make sure you’re ready - if you need specific products, or must set up a schedule on your calendar, act now. That way you have no reasons to procrastinate in January.
- Know Your Obstacles
The path to self-improvement is fraught with temptations and triggers. Certain people, places, or scenarios will tempt you to fall back into bad habits. Maybe cold weather discourages you from exercising, or maybe you like to have a cigarette when you’re driving. Identify your obstacles, and come up with a plan to deal with them when they arise.
- Get Others Involved
When you share your plans with friends and family, you may feel more accountable to stick with your resolutions. You can encourage supportive people in your life to follow up with you on your progress. If you have someone who is on the same journey, establish periodic check-ins so you can discuss your challenges and revel in your victories. It will be much easier than going alone.
- Don’t Let Setbacks Derail Your Plans
Failure happens. If you eat too much pizza, smoke a cigarette, or skip a day at the gym, you should accept that setback and move on. Instead of beating yourself up too much, take your failure in stride, learn from it, and keep moving toward your goals.
Health-related resolutions take many forms. You might want to manage a health condition better, get more exercise, lose weight, or eat a balanced diet. No matter what your resolution is, the same resolution building blocks will help you stick to your guns. Use this advice to work toward a better you in 2018.