Kick Start Your Healthy Resolution Now - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on December 29, 2014

Kick Start Your Healthy Resolution, Right Now!

Trainers and nutritionists from the Healthplex Sports Club can help you keep your healthy New Year's resolution.

Trainers and nutritionists from the Healthplex®
Sports Club
can help you keep your healthy
New Year's resolution.

Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight, get fit, eat healthier and diet. Tellingly, these are also New Year’s resolutions that are most commonly broken.

These resolutions have great intentions behind them – striving to become a healthier individual not only makes you feel better inside and out, but following through on these resolutions can help you prevent health issues in the future.

Unfortunately, very few of us will maintain our resolutions – research has suggested that just 8 percent of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions.

So why do we fail at keeping these healthy resolutions?

Some psychologists report that even though we want to reinvent ourselves and set a resolution as motivation, we aren’t really ready to change our bad habits. They also say that we tend to set unrealistic goals and expectations for our resolutions. All of this accounts for the high failure rate.

Want to make your resolution stick this year? Regardless of what your goal for 2015 is, here are some tips to achieve your goal:

  • Pick and focus on one resolution instead of several. We only have a limited amount of willpower.
  • Set realistic and specific goals for yourself. Simply saying you want to lose weight isn’t specific – set a goal of how much weight you want to lose. Saying you want to be more fit isn’t specific either; instead set a goal of running a 10-minute mile or being able to do a pull-up.
  • Write it down. Research has shown that people who physically write their resolution on a piece of paper rather than merely making a mental vow are more likely to succeed.
  • Don’t wait until New Year’s Eve to make your resolution. The “clean slate” mentality of January 1 has good intentions behind it, but your resolution should be a year-long process that you take steps toward each day. That requires some planning.
  • Make that plan. If you want to lose weight and get fit, how are you going to do that? Before January 1, research fitness facilities in your area, talk to personal trainers, try some group classes before the New Year, or go online and look into workouts you can do at home. Doing your homework before the big day will get you prepared and motivated to take a running start toward your goal.
  • Take small steps. A lot of people quit their resolutions because their goal is too big and requires too many changes all at once. If you’ve typically spent your evenings sitting on the couch watching TV with a bowl of ice cream, it might be lofty to say that come 2015 you will spend every night at the gym working out and only eating salads. Instead, try skipping the ice cream or picking nights to go to the gym that your favorite shows aren’t on TV.
  • Find someone to hold you accountable for your resolution other than yourself. If you have a friend or relative that has a similar goal for themselves in 2015, band together. Become gym buddies – you’ll be less likely to skip a workout if you know they’re there waiting for you. Find a coworker to enjoy healthy lunches with. Hire a personal trainer that will call you out for skipping a scheduled workout. Or go the techy route and get a fitness tracker or download an app that monitors your daily fitness and diet; these will also help you track your progress.
  • In between milestones, take time to celebrate. If you’ve set a goal to lose 10 pounds and you have lost your very first pound, that’s something to celebrate! Taking time to acknowledge that you are succeeding and making progress will further encourage and motivate you to keep working.
  • Focus on the present. What can you do today to move you closer to you achieving your goal? Thinking too far down the road and focusing on how much more you have to accomplish can be overwhelming and leave you feeling defeated. Instead of thinking “I still have 9 pounds to lose, how am I going to do that?” Change your mind set to “I’m going to work hard to burn 500 calories today” or “I’m going to try to take 10,000 steps today.”

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