We’ve all been there. As the clock starts counting down to New Year’s day, we envision the future and think about all of the things we’d like to achieve with our “fresh start”. For some, a resolution manifests in the form of getting rid of an unhealthy habit – like overeating or smoking. In other cases, the resolution made is about making a healthy change in their life, like seeing a personal trainer in London or taking better care of themselves. Unfortunately, within a few days the chaos of January starts to overwhelm most people, and New Year’s resolutions quickly become disposed of in favour of whatever is easiest at the time.
Fortunately, these following tips should help you to make sure that your hope for a healthier lifestyle is one that sticks this year.
1. Be Realistic
First and foremost, one of the easiest ways to fall short of the finish line is to pick a goal that’s completely unattainable. It’s alright to set big ambitions for yourself, but the truth is that you have to be realistic about your goals if you want any chance of achieving them. For instance, resolving that you’re never going to smoke again from day one is unlikely to result in success. Instead, make sure that you attempt to reach a goal that’s actually possible, such as upgrading the amount of exercise you get each week in weight loss programs, or cutting down the amount of cigarettes you buy every month.
2. Make a Plan
Next, if you’re serious about your New Year’s Resolution, it shouldn’t be something that you come up with at last minute on New Year’s Eve. If you have no plan of action, then you’re likely to lose track very quickly, as you have no idea how to get started, or move on to the next step towards your goal. To create a resolution that will stick, make sure you decide on what you want to achieve well before December 31st, and start coming up with ideas on how you’re going to make your dream a reality – such as searching for the best way to lose weight, or how to reduce belly fat. At this point, don’t forget to practice positive thinking too, as this will help you to achieve your goals.
3. Discuss Your Aims with Family and Friends
Once you have your resolution in mind – don’t keep it a secret. Tell your friends and family members what you plan to achieve, and make sure that they’ll be there to support you along the way. Telling people about your resolution means that you have someone to hold yourself accountable too if you decide to ditch your responsibilities or give up way too early. What’s more, you may even find someone who shares your resolution, giving you a new form of motivation.
4. Track Progress and Reward Yourself
The road to success comes with many small victories. Keep in mind that short-term goals are often easier to keep, and each accomplishment you achieve should help to keep you motivated. For instance, instead of focusing on your end-goal to lose thirty pounds, focus on a goal to lose the first five, and reward yourself for every pound that you work off. For instance, try speaking to a fitness trainer London about 12 week athletic training, or a home workout plan. Remember, rewarding yourself doesn’t necessarily mean eating a box of cupcakes to yourself if your resolution is to achieve a healthier body, instead treat yourself to something that doesn’t contradict your resolution.
5. Stay Dedicated (But Don’t Beat Yourself Up)
Experts suggest that it takes around 66 days for something new in your lifestyle to become a habit, and six months for that habit to progress to being part of your personality. A huge change won’t happen overnight – so you will need to stay dedicated and patient. However, keep in mind that obsessing over every occasional slip you have won’t help you to achieve your aims. Simply try to do the best you can each day, and take everything one step at a time.
Even if you totally run out of steam regarding your resolution by the middle of February, don’t give up completely. Try starting over and committing yourself to something for 24 hours. This may help a huge goal to seem easier, and soon you could be back on track.
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Marc Dressen, MSc
Personal Trainer in London
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