Good afternoon everyone! With only a few days left to the year, New year's resolutions are on my mind.
Is anyone else thinking about New year's resolutions?
Did you know that 38% of New year's resolutions are related to fitness?
Unfortunately those who set their expectations too high fall short of meeting their resolutions, and set the same ones the following year!
So what do you recommend ?
So what can we do to make sure we set resolutions that are attainable?
The first thing we should do is make it small. Short sessions at an intensity that's appropriate.
The important thing is to create the habit, so choose an activity that you enjoy.
Success is determined by simply doing it. And each time you do you'll become more confident, and the habit will be created.
Can you give an example of what you mean by doing it ?
This is true not only for physical exercise, but also nutrition, stress Management, whatever your fitness related goal is.
Can you give us an example of a nutritional goal ?
Success is more likely if you only have one or two New year's resolutions.
Usually when we make a New year's resolution, it is a longer term goal, so it is critical that we break it down into baby steps. Little things that we can do each day to eventually achieve the goal.
If we miss a day, that's okay, we get right back on track the following day. Each time we do the activity that will lead us to the big goal our confidence grows, we realize that we are able to make these changes, the confidence gives us the motivation to continue and ultimately our goal becomes a reality.
First, we can be proactive when we're food shopping by making a list, and avoiding grocery shopping one we're hungry. If the junk food is already in our house, we can store it away so it is not readily available. Most importantly, we can stock our cabinets and refrigerators with healthy alternatives that are readily available. Each day that we are successful builds our confidence, giving us the motivation to continue, making our goal a reality. Same as with the fitness, if we have a day that we don't stay on track, it's okay, get right back on track the next day.
Our New year's resolutions need a plan of action. For every long-term goal, we need little short-term goals. As humans we have limited willpower, so we need to use it sparingly, focusing on one thing at a time. Our New year's resolutions need to be attainable and time bound. We need to be kind to ourselves when we fall off track, brush ourselves off, get right back on the road.
New year's resolutions are just goals. It's important to have long-term goals and short-term goals but It's difficult to work on more than one or two goals at a time. Each time you achieve a goal, you will build confidence and will power and you will be motivated to set more attainable goals!