Making the Most of Your New Year's Resolutions

Making the Most of Your New Year's Resolutions

It is probably no surprise that weight loss is at the top of the list of many people's New Year's Resolutions. When approaching the start of the New Year, many people see the milestone as an opportunity to start fresh in a variety of ways. Resolutions range from learning a new language or hobby, increasing physical activity to volunteering more. The challenge with New Year’s Resolutions isn’t so much what we resolve to do, but in how we set up our resolutions.

Regardless of your resolution, consider a few factors that can help or hurt your chances of success and get your 2018 off to a great start.

Helpful

  • A starting off point. It can give you a “clean start.” The holiday feasting is over, and it may be easier to embrace healthier eating.
  • A social network. Others also are making similar resolutions, and it can be easier to find a workout buddy or accountability partner.
  • Time. The hectic schedule of the holiday rush slows down, so you may have more time to get into (or back into) a consistent routine.
  • Save money. Remember all those great discounts on equipment and gym fees?You can score some great deals in the New Year to help you be more successful.

Not so helpful

  • Too big of a goal. Resolutions are often more ambitious, than what is realistic, and you can end up disappointed in yourself. Anything that requires the building of skills or ability takes time, so break your goals into a series of short-term, attainable goals. You may not qualify for the Boston Marathon by summer, but you might be able to get a couple of local 5K races under your belt before the Peachtree Road Race in July! 
  • Too hard on yourself. If you set a goal for eliminating something completely or completing a goal by a deadline, the occasional slip-up can turn into quitting. Forgive yourself and start back up after your first slip. Remember, this is for YOU and your well-being, not for anyone else.
  • Too much at once. Many people make multiple resolutions. Making and sustaining multiple changes at once is difficult and may increase the risk of giving up. Focus on what's most important to you and put your energy into achieving those goals.

Try these tips for improving your success:

  • Make your goals reasonable, attainable and sustainable.
  • Limit the number of resolutions or changes you make this season. Stick with what you can commit to over the long term.
  • Share your successes and challenges with friends to help you stay motivated.
  • Try to incorporate schedule changes into your daily life, so that your resolution is simply part of your day.
  • Remember to reward yourself on a daily, weekly and monthly basis for successes and NEVER punish yourself for slip-ups.

Happy New Year! May your 2018 be rewarding, healthy and fulfilling.