Some of the most popular New Years Resolutions are linked in one way or another to food or fitness. Perhaps the most common is “to lose weight.” Other common resolutions are “join a gym,” “eat healthier,” and “stop snacking.” In addition to the vast number of people making these resolutions, studies have shown these are, by far, the ones that fall to the wayside as the year progresses. There is a reason many say regular gym goers should avoid going in January because it will be super crowded, but by February things will have normally calmed down.
Thus, we have gathered three key tips to help you keep your food and fitness New Years Resolutions the next time you make them. Here they are now:
Make A Realistic Plan
First things first, you need to make your resolution realistic. This can mean a number of different things for certain people and the resolution they are trying to make. In most cases, however, this means making the resolution measurable and attainable. For instance, saying you want to “lose weight” or “go to the gym” does not help you very much. However, saying you want to “lose 100 pounds” or “go to the gym every day for 2 hours” won’t help you either, since those are extreme and likely not attainable for most people. Instead, consider what a realistic goal might be, like losing 20 pounds during the year, or just going three times a week for an hour. Making realistic plans like this will put the potential of you keeping your food and fitness New Years Resolutions well within reach.
Consider Creating Rewards
Sometimes the key to keeping your resolutions, no matter what they are, is in what you are going to get out of it. In certain instances, the motivation of what your body will look like after the weight loss or the benefits of going to the gym will be enough, but this is actually very rare, especially at the beginning of a new resolve. You will likely need some other assistance. We highly recommend avoiding food rewards for your food and fitness New Years Resolutions. Instead, look at other things you enjoy, like reading books, painting, watching Netflix, et cetera. Figure out a system like you can watch a couple episode of your favourite show on Netflix if you go to the gym three times this week. Whatever works for you!
Give Yourself A Break
Even with your best efforts and intentions, it is still possible you won’t be perfect at your food and fitness New Years Resolutions immediately. Maybe one week you miss a day at the gym and only go twice instead of three times. Maybe you overindulge one night on food. In both cases, it is not the end of the world. There is no reason for you to give up on your resolutions completely!