Are you ready to rock 2018? For many, the New Year signals a fresh start, a new beginning, a clean slate. It also means a new resolve to finally (finally!) lose some weight, tone up or simply get healthier. The truth is that while most of us will vow to take better care of our bodies, the vast majority of the resolutions we set for the new year will fail miserably within the first 60 days. Seriously.
But there is good news: You don’t have to be one of those people. No, really. This year, you can hit those goals! Check out these
six simple rules for making (and keeping) your New Year’s health resolutions
1. Be Specific
Ask a CEO what their company’s goals are for the year, and I bet they won’t say “To make more money.” It would be more like, “Increase sales by 15 percent and the retention rate by 20 percent by the end of the year.” What’s the difference? The second goal is super specific, and the first one is not; the more specific a goal is, the better you’re able to measure the result. This allows you to map a plan to your goal and creates accountability. So think of a specific goal or resolution that you’d like to make instead of just saying that you’d like to be in better shape this year.
2. Be Realistic
Many of us get discouraged after we work out furiously for a week, then see nothing. It takes time, and this is why setting realistic goals are so important. If you have 30 pounds to lose, don’t try to lose it all in one month, and don’t make it your initial goal. A big goal can be overwhelming and cause you to get frustrated and give up early on. Instead, set goals that require you to take smaller steps toward reaching your ultimate goal.
3. Determine the Path
If you think your goals are going to be reached just by telling yourself you want to achieve them, you’re dreaming. It’s critical to think and plan how you will reach your goal. Just like with the goal itself, your path to it should be specific and realistic. Grab a planner or notebook and write your goals down. Then write out the steps you can take to help you reach those goals.
4. Hold Yourself Accountable
Accountability is key when it comes to sticking to any goal. Add a star to your calendar or planner for a visual way to keep track, and check it every day. This visible cue will help you stay on the right track and give you that awesome feeling of satisfaction as you progress.
You don’t have to post your goals to social media (unless you want to!) but do tell close friends or family about your plan. Sign up for a fitness app like My Fitness Pal or Pact to tap into communities who can help keep you on track of your progress and cheerlead you on to the finish line. By sharing your intentions you might find someone else who is trying to accomplish the same goal you are.
5. Reward Yourself for a Job Well Done
Sometimes just meeting a goal doesn’t provide enough motivation. So make a reward! When we were kids, if ate our veggies and we got dessert. Maybe your dessert is that fancy handbag, a spa day or even a vacation. Create a reward system of mini-goals and have something to look forward to every step of the way! Once you’ve dreamed up your incentives, imagine how great it will feel to get it once you’ve reached your goal, and let that be your motivation to get started!
6. Cut yourself some slack!
Don’t forget, it’s okay to cheat once in awhile, and even fail. It is normal to want a skip a workout, have a cupcake, a treat or a sugary soda on occasion, and this temptation is not a sign of flawed character. Foods that taste good are desirable, even if they are not healthy. We are simply not programmed to only want healthy food or to work out every single day, we are fallible creatures and our behaviors and habits are the result of biology, environment, and emotion; a complex cocktail that has no single solution. Failing occasionally will be better than cheating once, but sabotaging everything you’ve worked for.
Happy Holidays from the BioElementis team! We hope you have a soulful season and a wonderful new year!