2020 is almost here, and with it comes the barrage of New Year’s resolutions that we make. Whether it is to eat better, exercise more, read more, or be more present, all resolutions are made with the best of intentions; however, by January 15, many resolutions have been abandoned. Only eight percent of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions actually keep them and maintain the behavior change.
Making New Year’s resolutions does not need to be a losing proposition. They require forethought and planning. Below are tips for making and keeping your New Year’s fitness resolution.
Be Narrow in Scope
Many people want to change multiple things when January 1 rolls around. It is a better idea to pick one or maybe two behaviors/habits to work on. It can become overwhelming when trying to change many things at once.
If you want to exercise more in the New Year but have a hectic work or life schedule, do not commit to exercising five or six days per week. You are setting yourself up for failure. Instead, resolve to exercise once or twice each week.
Resolutions are best kept if shared. Tell your spouse, sister, or friend so you have additional accountability. You can also prompt those people to ask you about your resolution periodically so you are tasked with updating them on your progress.
Find a Team With the Same Resolution
If your coworkers want to eat better or exercise more in 2020, teamwork may help. Share healthy lunch recipes during potluck lunches or get extra steps in during the day by walking at lunch or taking the stairs as often as possible. Standing desks may also help your work group meet your resolutions.
Cut Yourself Some Slack
Maybe you have a crazy week or month, and you fall off the wagon on your New Year’s resolution. Instead of giving up altogether, accept that it is human nature to have some setbacks and try again.
Resolutions do not need to be doomed to failure. Think about what is possible and attainable and resolve to do it. The resolution you make in 2020 could become a life-changing behavior in 2021 and beyond.