How to Keep Your New Year’s Health Resolutions

Another new year means another round of New Year’s resolutions. On January first each year, millions of people vow to lose weight or watch less TV or call Grandma once a week. However, how many of us actually succeed in committing to these resolutions for the next 365 days? In fact, statistics have shown that only about 8% of people who make New Year’s resolutions actually achieve those resolutions. These tips will help you stay on track with your New Year’s health resolutions.

Choose a Clear, Simple Goal

Many people make the mistake of making a long list of New Year’s resolutions. The problem is that a long to-do list can be daunting, and the longer the list is the less likely you are to stick to it. Rather than choosing a bunch of different goals, focus on one simple goal that you will actually be able to keep. For example, you might have the goal to lose weight, exercise more, or eat healthier. With your one goal in mind, you can then create a plan to incorporate healthy changes into your everyday life.

Make a Realistic Plan

Once you have your goal set, it’s essential to create a realistic plan for how to achieve that goal. For example, if your goal is to exercise more, set a weekly exercise schedule involving group classes, taking a run around your neighborhood, or even completing at-home exercise videos. Creating a schedule of weekly workouts will give you a viable plan for actually achieving your goal. Unhealthy behaviors develop over time, but so do healthy behaviors. The key is implementing small changes into your everyday life that won’t be too difficult or daunting to keep.

Have a Support System

Having a support system around while you are working on keeping a New Year’s resolution is extremely helpful. One idea is to find a friend or family member who wants to take on the same goal. That way you can support each other and keep each other accountable for keeping up with the plan. It’s also important to have a support system who will encourage you to keep up with your resolution even when it’s hard or you feel like giving up. Just because you messed up by skipping your exercise routine for a few days or ate a few too many cookies yesterday, that doesn’t mean you can’t get back on track and reach your health goals for the new year. Having a good support system will help remind you of that.

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