Setting Healthy New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Stick With

Healthy New Year's Resolutions You'll Stick To

The new year is almost upon us and, for many people, that means it’s time to make New Year’s resolutions. This practice can be a very helpful one, as it’s a great idea to review your current situation and set goals for the future. Some of the most common resolutions relate to health, which is great! It’s wonderful to use the new year as an opportunity to commit to living a healthier lifestyle.

However, while setting New Year’s resolutions is quite common, so is forgetting these resolutions within a few months. We’ve all had times where we start off in January with a new set of goals and hopes, only to have abandoned our plans by March (or even sooner). In these cases, it often isn’t due to the fact that we’re not trying to reach our goals. In most cases, it’s the goals themselves┬áthat are flawed.

Here are some tips for setting healthy New Year’s resolutions that you’ll be able to stick to.

Be Realistic

Sometimes people fail to achieve their goals because they weren’t realistic when setting them. If you give yourself an unreasonable goal, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Be thoughtful when making your New Year’s resolutions and set goals that require you to do some work, but ones that are still attainable.

Set Measurable Goals

Setting a goal like “I want to lose weight” or “I want to exercise more” isn’t helpful. What do you mean by “lose weight?” How do you know when you’ve reached this goal? Instead, give yourself a firm and measurable goal such as “I want to lose ten pounds by April” or “I want to exercise for 30 minutes, five times a week.” This gives you something to work towards and it lets you know when you’re on track.

Tell a Friend

Sometimes, telling a friend, family member, or personal trainer can give you the motivation you need to achieve your goals. Not only does telling someone hold you accountable, but sharing your New Year’s resolutions can help you make better ones. A friend can tell you whether your goal makes sense and give you advice.

Don’t Quit

One problem that a lot of people have is that they give up as soon as they “break” their resolution. For example, if your goal is to exercise for 30 minutes, five times a week, and you go one week where you only exercise twice, you might be tempted to feel like you’ve “failed” and abandon the entire process. Don’t do this. If you slip up, leave it in the past, move on, and dedicate yourself to doing better going forward.

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