How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

By: Women's Care Staff

If you broke a New Year’s resolution before, you’re not alone. People break 80 percent of all New Year’s Resolutions by February. This year, you have a chance to learn how to keep your new year’s resolution. Make it easier on yourself to succeed by making them achievable. Instead of making a year-long, general goal such as “lose weight,” try making more personalized goals using the new year’s resolution ideas below.

Make monthly fitness resolutions

Having the same goal for one year can feel impossible to attain. Instead, set a different fitness resolution for each month of the year. Think ahead about what your life might be like during that month and set goals that will be fun and realistic to achieve.

For example, start a goal such as losing four pounds in January. When February comes around, base your next goal off of how you did in January. If you didn’t lose four pounds, create smaller goals to achieve January’s such as exercise an extra day or skip the cheat day. Furthermore, if you did achieve your January goal, try to extend it. However, if you feel like you might be pushing yourself too hard, create smaller goals in addition to keeping the same goal such as learn a new type of exercise such as weight training.

Each monthly resolution moves you toward becoming more fit. Moreover, it helps you have an easier time sticking to each goal. Even if you hate lifting weights, you know that you only have to do it for a month before trying something else. With any luck, at the end of the year, you will know what exercise you like best and can make that exercise a part of your routine in the years to come.

Choose SMART resolutions

You can use SMART goals in every aspect of your life. Some of these include setting SMART business foals or fitness goals. The acronym stands for:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Timely

SMART goals help you effectively learn how to keep your new year’s resolutions. They provide you with more direction than the vague and almost useless decision of “get fit” or “lose weight.” An example of a SMART fitness resolution would be:

“I’m going to attend my local gym (specific) three times per week for 45 minutes (measurable) in January (timely) because it will help me improve my fitness and lose weight (relevant).”

Because this goal addresses SMART, it becomes more attainable. Think of SMART as better strategizing your goals. Furthermore, in February, you can start going four times a week for 60 minutes. Each month, you can either add or change this goal. Whichever goal you choose, know why you’re doing it, strategize how you can do it, and what you have to do to achieve it.

Make one change at a time

If you don’t want to use monthly goals or SMART goals, just remember to make one change at a time. If in January you decide to quit smoking, work out three times a week, and go on a diet, you’ll be too stressed by the end of the month to keep any of these goals.

Remember, your physician can be your partner in setting and keeping fitness resolutions. For help creating a fitness plan that’s right for you, schedule an appointment or find a physician at Women’s Care today.

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