It’s that time of year again! Time when the gyms get overcrowded, classes are full, there is a wait for a cardio machine and gym regulars get frustrated. Don’t worry, they’ll be gone by Super Bowl! We all know this time of year – The Time of New Years Resolutions! “I’m going to loose weight!”, “I’m going to quit smoking!”, “I’m going to run everyday!”, “I’m going to go to the gym more!” Each of these resolutions begins with great intentions, but most of us are setting ourselves up for failure. People look at the new year as a time to start over, clean their slate, get rid of old bad habits and begin again. Instead we need to look at the new year as a trip to an amazing place of health and wellness! The road is long, winding and has bumps…but if you set your GPS just right, you have a greater chance to get there.
New Years Resolutions (aka Goals)
- Be clear and concise with a goal, a time frame and measurable achievements
- Have checkpoints along to way to evaluate and readjust
- Be accountable to either yourself or someone else
- Look at is as a lifestyle change not a short term achievement
- Surround yourself with positive energy and supportive people
I hear people all of the time tell me their New Years Resolutions and some are great and some are a road to failure. For example – “I’m going to go to the gym more!” This person has great intentions. She is paying for a gym membership and not utilizing it. The problem is that she lacks the plan to go with the goal. “More” is not measurable and therefore she can’t check her progress. A better goal – “I am going to go to the gym 3 days a week during my lunch hour on M/W/F.” The road to the goal is laid out and can be measured & adjusted. Adjustment is important because LIFE HAPPENS!
I think one of the reasons these resolutions don’t stick is because Life Happens. The plan to go to gym 3 days a week is great for a couple weeks. We stick with it and we feel great. Then one week we only get to the gym once because there was a musical at school, you were planning your son’s birthday party, and your husband went out of town for work. Then the next week, you are out of your schedule again, again & again. It’s all very familiar, but it is also fixable! You need an emergency backup! Invest in a great workout DVD or check out an OnDemand workout. If you know that you will not be able to get to the spin class you have been taking for a couple of weeks, then go to the emergency backup. Now you can feel good about your choices and not guilty. We have to prepare!
We can be successful in our choices to change something about our lives. Most of us try to quit doing something (smoking) or try to lose something (weight). This year be different and add something into your life!
- Add Fitness
- Add Whole Grains
- Add More Fruits and Vegetables (leave a bowl of fruit on the counter and cut up veggies in the fridge)
- Add Walks at Night with the Kids or the Hubby
- Add Strength Training (just 1 or 2 days a week for 30 min)
- Add something GOOD into your life and you will reap the rewards for years to come (Volunteer).