Every year I hear my friends and family say that “this is the year I will keep my New Year’s Resolutions!” And, after about 1 or 2 months, the same friends or family members have “fallen off the bandwagon. . .and will get back on next month.” For this reason, I am writing this blog post.
I have a few suggestions to help you keep your New Year’s Resolutions.
Make your goals measurable and obtainable. (Most important obtainable) For example, I will lose 5 pounds by the end of winter (by eating healthier and going to the gym). Creating unrealistic goals are a sure fire way of “falling off the bandwagon” and not making change. If you would like to go to the gym more often, then set your goal for 2 or 3 times per week. By setting your goal to go to the gym daily, it may be unrealistic to achieve and you may be setting yourself up for failure. If you get to the gym more than 2 times per week, that’s great, but if not, it does not become a barrier to keep on track.
Find a Buddy. If your goal is to be more active, find someone who has a similar goal to work with. It is easier to motivate yourself to get to the gym when you have a friend to go with you. If you don’t have a friend, maybe join a gym and meet some new people by attending classes.
Make small changes. If you would like to eat healthier, begin by making 1 or 2 healthier choices. Maybe it is eating a few carrots rather than that bag of chips, or trading 1 bottle of water for that can of soda.
If you are unable to afford a gym membership, there are plenty of free alternatives! I am currently utilizing our indoor mall as a way to be more active. Three laps around the Spring Hill Mall is about 5000 steps. When the weather is nice, you can walk outside.
These are just a few ideas to motivate you to make change this year. If you would like to discuss your New Year’s Resolutions regarding your health, please give me a call!
Jennifer Pate, PT, DPT