We see the New Year as a time to let go of poor habits and introduce new, positive ones. We want to create a better version of ourselves, and we do this by setting New Year’s resolutions. But it’s very easy to slip back into old routines and quickly forget the early year motivation we had for self-improvement.
The typical resolutions this year will most likely include losing weight, improving our fitness and avoiding chocolate – these might seem obtainable, but they aren’t if you go about them in the wrong way. Gym memberships are a prime example of this – gyms are extremely busy in January, but as soon as February rolls round, memberships take a nose dive.
If you don’t like the gym, don’t join! There are other ways of getting fit that will suit you better. Try going out for a morning run or joining a fitness class with a friend for that extra bit of motivation.
Follow these tips to make sure you start your New Year’s resolution with enthusiasm, rather than treating it like a burden.
The right frame of mind
A resolution is a solution to a problem. Remember that when you think about stopping to give you more focus.
Take baby steps. A plan with small obtainable goals is much more useful than visualising the finish line without having a map to get there.
If your goal is to eat less chocolate, celebrate when you don’t eat it for a couple of days to a week. If you give in one day, don’t just give up. Another milestone is just around the corner.
A resolution is for the long-term
Be realistic with your goals. Eating healthier might be easier to reach with a few ‘cheat days’. But getting fit enough to run a marathon will take more time than you think.
Jump the hurdles
You will encounter hurdles that will need strong resolve to overcome. Remember to stick with your goals and to not give into temptation.
Support is welcome
People that encourage you on ‘bad days’ can be worth their weight in gold. If you have a friend that exercises with you in the morning, you will find it much harder to sleep in and skip it because you don’t want to disappoint them.
Remember: resolutions can start at any time of the year. If you want to start something when the weather improves – do it. Just try not to forget about it!
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