“This time, I’m sticking to it.” A new year has come around once again. Many people say good riddance to 2020, bring on the year ahead! Many more treat the new year as a chance to turn over a new leaf and commit to a degree of self-betterment. Often, these New Year's resolutions are to exercise more or to eat less, or to be more healthy generally. Even more often, these resolutions don’t make it past the end of the month, let alone last for entire year. Bags of Christmas chocolate are still hanging around, the weather outside is wet and horrible. An evening on the couch seems so much more inviting than a body-weight work-out, a bike ride or even a little jog round the block. You have to be strong, and commit, if you are going to achieve the results that you want to see. Here’s a few tips on how to do so.
- Aim Low
Aim low? Aren’t you supposed to aim high? Not necessarily. Committing to a resolution has to be about balance. If you aim too high, trying to make too large a leap in one direction, you run the risk of burning yourself out altogether. Aiming too high can make your goal unattainable, so it is important to be realistic with what you hope to achieve. Make your goals sensible. That way, you can reach them with more ease than a massive goal, and then set another one, this time higher. Reach that, set a new one, etc, etc. Build it up.
- Plan Ahead
Make sure you take the time to work out how you are going to achieve your fitness goals this new year. If your resolution is just to “WORK OUT MORE”, you’re leaving yourself massive scope for what success in that regard is. Too massive, in fact. With a set plan, either weekly, daily, or however works best for you, you will be able to keep better track of your progress, vary your work-outs more and keep things fresh as you go. Greater focus leads to greater gains.
- Tell People
It can be tempting, with a New Years Resolution, to keep it to yourself. Don’t. Tell people what you aim to do. The more people you tell, the more accountable you are to stick to what you’ve said you will do. Encourage people to keep tabs on how you’re doing, either through regular check-ups, or just as you chat with friends and family. Hold yourself accountable, publicly.
- Reward Yourself
A Resolution doesn’t have to be entirely doom and gloom, pain and suffering, as you strive toward your goals. You’ve got to have a bit of fun, too! Reward yourself for hitting small goals as you make your way on your fitness journey. Do, however, be careful about rewarding yourself with things that conflict with your goals! For example, perhaps don’t eat a whole box of chocolates when you’ve been working hard on the treadmill all week. That way, you risk undoing your progress. Instead, make your reward something unrelated to your Resolution, such as getting that new pair of trainers you’ve had your eye on.
Hopefully, these tips will help you build your way toward sticking with your New Years Resolution. Stay with it in the early phase. Starting is always the hardest part. Sticking with it gets easier. Keep at it, and you might even start to enjoy yourself! Happy New Year!