It feels like we say the same thing every year. “This year I will go to the gym.” “This year I will lose 15 pounds.” “This year I will quit smoking.” We make these resolutions with the best of intentions, and then we fail around mid-January. How can we ever succeed at keeping a New Years resolution?
A recent survey shows that some people actually succeed at New Years resolutions. 57% of those who make a goal to lose weight actually succeed. 36% of people who want to quit smoking succeed at that as well.
For the rest of us, here’s a few tips that could help you finally succeed at keeping those resolutions.
First of all, set a series of small goals. If you want to lose 20 pounds, set a goal to lose 5 pounds in a month. It’s a small step that will eventually add up. It’s like training for a marathon; you wouldn’t run 26.2 miles without training first. That being said, should you resolve to run a marathon this year, start out by training to run a 5k first.
Secondly, there is an app for that. No matter what your goals are for this year, you can find some help in the form of an app. From Lose It! to Couch To 5k, there are a plethora of tools to help you keep track of your progress and keep you some what accountable to your goals.
Third, find a friend. It’s easy to blow off an alert set on your smartphone by an app, but it’s much harder to avoid keeping accountable to a friend. Having a friend to walk your resolution journey with you will not only help you stay on track, but you will also have a friend to celebrate with when you succeed.
Finally, don’t let a slip up derail the whole resolution. This is most likely why resolutions tank around mid-January. We forget ourselves for a moment and slip back into old habits. A donut for breakfast, a cigarette in a moment of stress, or sleeping in instead of hitting the gym; we’ve all made this slip ups. Don’t let the guilt destroy the progress you’ve made so far! Keep on trucking!
Here’s to a happier, healthier, and fitter New Year! Good luck!