By: Madison Winston (NASM-CPT)
The new year is around the corner and that means another chance to set a goal for the new year. Here are some tips for setting a New Year’s Resolution:
- Make it specific. Every year people make it their resolution to “be healthier”. This is a vague statement and is not specific in any way. Rather, aim for something measurable and sustainable. Some ideas include: drink 8 glasses of water a day, exercise 3 days a week, try one new class each month, try to get 8 hours of sleep, start each day with a mediation.
- Change one behavior at a time. For example, you may have 10 different areas on life you’d like to improve on. Trying to achieve them all at once will likely cause you not to achieve any of them. Rather, tackle them one at a time and don’t add another until you feel that you’ve successfully achieved the first.
- Have monthly check-ins to evaluate your progress. If you were successful, reward yourself with a new pair of running shoes or a spa day, not a cheat dessert. If you aren’t where you had hoped to be, reassess and see how you can modify your behaviors the next month.
- Identify potential barriers ahead of time and identify how you will overcome them. Having a plan is key to success. Life happens, but that doesn’t mean your resolutions can’t happen.
- Remember that a new year’s resolution should last you through the whole year, not just the month of January. Make it something that is both sustainable and fun so you don’t get bored of it right away.
- Write your goal down and put it somewhere where you can see it every day. It can be easy to forget about your resolution so make it visible. Also write WHY you want to make this resolution and why it will be beneficial for you.
- Make it for YOU! Don’t stress about it fitting someone else’s standards. It is YOUR resolution and it doesn’t need to make sense to anyone else. Assess the past year and find a behavior that is beneficial for you to change.
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