Though you can set goals year-round, new year’s resolutions have a special connotation because you begin with a concrete marker: a new calendar year! You can tell yourself you will achieve your goals by the end of the year and work toward success.
Whatever your new year’s resolution, we’ve got 7 Expert Tips to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions. They’ll help you accomplish your goals and become a better, stronger, healthier version of you!
1. Set yourself up for success.
Whether you have pledged to get in shape, give up junk food, or quit smoking, sticking to your new year’s resolution is hard when you’re surrounded by temptation. Make your gym clothes easily accessible, throw out all the snacks you want to give up, and get rid of your last cigarettes. You’re less likely to cave if you set yourself up for success.
2. Don’t skip more than two days in a row.
Even for fitness enthusiasts, skipping the gym gets easier every time you do it. In order to form a habit, you have to do something consistently. Research suggests that it takes about 21 consecutive days for an act to become habitual. Challenge yourself to go to the gym for 21 days, even if it’s just to stretch or walk on the treadmill at a comfortable pace. The more you go to the gym, the easier it will get. We’ve got plenty of Beginner Workouts that you can do anywhere.
3. Write down the reasons behind your resolutions.
On a small piece of paper or index card, write down why you’ve chosen to make a change. What situation drove you to want to improve? Whenever you feel your motivation waver, go back to that piece of paper. It will be a reminder of why your goals are worth working toward.
4. Find a partner.
Whether it’s a gym buddy or a spouse committing to eat healthy with you, working as part of a team is more motivational than working as an individual. A partner will keep you accountable and make things easier.
5. Join a community.
Other than finding a good partner, the best thing you can do for your motivation is to get involved in a community. When you’re surrounded by people working toward the same goal, it becomes easier to stick to your resolutions. Try joining a workout class, creating an account with an online weight loss community, or talking to other people who have kicked the same bad habits.
6. Aim for progress, not perfection.
Don’t try to accomplish everything overnight. It takes more than a day to achieve change, and every good decision you make takes you closer to your goals. Instead of aiming for perfection, set small goals for yourself. Go a week without sodas before committing to a month. Try a 6-week workout program before committing to three months. Slowly reduce the amount of sugar you consume instead of cutting it out completely.
7. Declare your resolutions.
Sharing your goals with your friends and family members is one way to hold yourself accountable. If you know there’s someone to witness your success, you’ll have extra motivation.
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