How to keep your New Year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions

Choose a New Year’s resolution that is totally achievable. Then assume you will succeed and you are half way there.
But all the good intentions in the world need planning and support to really succeed:
When setting a goal, ask yourself: are you holding onto any past failures where you tried a new health goal, but gave up when work got busy or it was your birthday party or it wasn’t realistic?
If this has happened, there are things you can do to make sure it really is different next time. 

1) Get in the right headspace!

Choose a New Year’s resolution that is totally achievable. Then assume you will succeed and you are half way there.

But all the good intentions in the world need planning and support to really succeed:

When setting a goal, ask yourself: are you holding onto any past failures where you tried a new health goal, but gave up when work got busy or it was your birthday party or it wasn’t realistic?

If this has happened, there are things you can do to make sure it really is different next time.

2) Be Realistic

A year’s worth of weight-loss in just one month? Give up chocolate for good? Never drink again? 

Giving up a treat you love forever is an impossible ask. We know that these New Years’ Resolutions are not set up for success.

How to avoid this?

  • Plan ahead.
  • Get out your diary and input achievable targets and milestones.
  • Ask a YMCA Health Advisor or PT what a realistic goal for weight loss might be for a month.
  • Get support. Set targets with a PT, steadily achieving and sharing your ‘wins’ as you go.

Take things in stages:

  • Try to steadily reduce the amount of alcohol you drink and chocolate you eat to reach a sustainable level of intake that won't negatively impact your success.

This way you are showing yourself that you CAN do it even if in small steps at first.

3) Ask yourself: Why Are You Doing This?

Stop and think for a minute.

Are you making these resolutions for yourself? Are you trying to please someone else? Or are you doing it just for the sake of it?

To increase your chances of success:

  • Write down what benefit you will get from your New Year’s resolution.

You are stronger and more determined when you know that you personally have the most to gain – not others.

4) Plan

Failure to plan is planning to fail. Ok, it’s a cliché but it’s 100% true.

  • Map out every day every week of your resolution. At least for the first 4-6 weeks.
  • Know what success looks. Milestones are very good ways to mark this.
  • Cover all bases. Have a Plan A, a Plan B & C just in case work gets busy and you can’t get an exercise session in one night. Plan B might show you how to work out in just 30 min with one bit of gym equipment and if you are really busy Plan C might show you what you can do at home with no equipment and minimal time. A Personal Trainer can help you with this. 

5) Reward Your Successes – however small.

You’d be surprised how many people I’ve trained that have worked really hard towards a goal or a resolution but need reminding about how to reward themselves when they achieve it! I always remind them to celebrate.

Why?

  • Completing a New Year’s resolution is a huge achievement and you should be proud of yourself when it happens.
  • Rewards have been proven to drive us, keep us on track.
  • Choose something that you’ll really enjoy - a shopping trip, a spa day whatever you like. Just make sure it’s something you wouldn’t normally do, but that it’s something that won’t ruin all your hard work!
  • Try factoring in a weekly reward and a monthly reward so the benefits of success are more immediate and less way off in the future.

If you want more one to one help with your resolutions you can register directly on Rich's website and he will get in touch.

About the author

 

Rich Allsop is one our Personal Trainers here at the YMCA Club and a regular contributer to our blog and monthly newsletter.

 

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ymca | 14 December 2015