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Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail and How To Make them Work…

Do you think the time for New Years Resolutions have come and gone? Not at all, in fact we shouldn’t stick to one date to “change our lives.” We should choose to make changes throughout the year. New Years Resolutions are often made without much thought or planning and that it self is one of the main reasons they fail. People often make unrealistic goals for themselves or they really do not have any intention of changing their habits.

Here is a list of tips and tricks to help make your resolutions more attainable year round:

  1. Pick one resolution at a time. Changing one aspect of your life is hard enough. Avoid changing your entire life and pick one thing you would like to change.
  2. Set a specific goal for yourself. Saying “I want to loose weight” is far too broad to be able to actually accomplish. Saying I want to loose 5 pounds by a certain date is far more doable. Not only is it doable, you’re giving yourself specifics to accomplish.
  3. Be accountable. Have a workout buddy. It is easy to just say you won’t go to the gym but when you have someone else waiting on you, you are less likely to flake. You can also push each other, strength in numbers! 
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. This may mean asking a friend to check in on how your workout progress is going. The other option is to ask you trainer to set up a program for you and you can track your progress together.
  5. Know that failure will happen. No one is perfect by any means. If you don’t make it to the gym one day, don’t kill yourself over it. Tomorrow is a new day to get up and tackle that goal.
  6. Plan rewards for yourself. If you went to the gym and worked out every day that you planned to for that week, reward yourself. We don’t suggest binging on a tub of your favorite ice cream but find a reward that makes you feel good about the hard work you’ve been doing.
  7. Stick with it! Do not quit within the first 21 days. Research shows, new habits are formed between 21 and 66 days. Don’t quit!