With the holiday season in full swing, and New Year’s just around the corner, it can be a good time to start planning some of your healthy resolutions. Whether you want to lose weight, clear up your skin, or simply eat a more healthy and balanced diet, setting resolutions you can stick to are a must. But once February rolls around, how can you ensure that you are still sticking to the plan? Read on to learn more.
1. Set Realistic Goals The biggest downfall that people make when composing their New Year’s resolutions is setting goals that aren’t realistic. If you don’t currently workout, setting a goal to workout everyday probably isn’t very realistic. Instead, set a goal to simply workout 3-5 times a week— on weeks when you can’t make that five mark, don’t beat yourself up and simply get to the gym three times.
2. Don’t Let a Setback Permanently Set You Back If your goal is to eat more healthy and give up as much processed sugar as possible, try not to beat yourself up if you cave in for a doughnut or cookie one day. A lot of times individuals let these setbacks set them back permanently— meaning they just simply give up on their goals altogether. However, messing up one or two times on your way to your end goal really isn’t that bad. Think of your resolutions as a race: if you fall, simply pick yourself back up again.
3. Focus on Your End Goal If your goal is to get your body bikini ready before summer, think of this goal on days when you are feeling down and discouraged. By focusing on your end goal, you can help to remind yourself why you’re changing your lifestyle altogether— this will help to give you the extra bit of motivation you need.
You can plan on every gym and health food store being packed at the beginning of the year, but treadmills slowly become deserted and people go back to their old habits. To prevent yourself from falling back into a slum, follow the above three tips on how to effectively set New Year’s resolutions that you can stick with.