Updated: Jan 22
Did you resolve to eat better, exercise more, or save money in 2020? You are not alone! Many of us make resolutions at the beginning of the year and so many of us fail to achieve them. One of the reasons so many of us fail to achieve our New Year’s resolutions is because we set unrealistic goals. One of the best ways to achieve your resolutions requires a better approach to change the behavior that is preventing you from achieving your goals.
Simply put, taking small actionable and attainable steps can help get you going on the right track to achieving your goals. Let’s say you resolve to lose weight this year and want to join a gym to help you meet your goals. If you have never been to a gym, how realistic is it for you to show up several times a week to exercise. Instead of possibly throwing away money on an expensive gym membership, maybe you can invest in an at-home workout program for 60 days. There are plenty of free at-home exercise routines available including Pop Sugar or check for free content through your local library, cable, or satellite TV provider. Alternatively, you can opt to pay a low monthly fee to access online content through Beachbody on Demand, Gaia, or Daily Burn. If you are able to reach 90 days of working out several days a week with an at-home program, you have been successful with changing your behavior. Once you get into a habit of exercising regularly, you would certainly be in a better position to be successful working out in a gym. Health and fitness clubs love when members pay their monthly dues and never show up to use the facilities.
A lot of us also resolve to eat healthier this year and ditch the bad habit of eating out and consuming highly processed foods. Eating healthy requires a behavior change just as much as exercising. I highly recommend you start small with making realistic changes in order to ensure long-term
success. For example, if you frequently eat out during the week, try bringing your lunch to work two days the first week, then four days the following week. You can also try batch cooking your meals on Sunday as an easy way to reduce the likelihood of you eating out during the week. Taking small steps over a longer period will help to ensure you are setting realistic and attainable goals and taking steps to change your behavior.
Remember, changing habits and behavior is a difficult process. You should expect that you will slip up and not feel motivated to exercise. You may also slip up and eat a sugary donut or some other unhealthy treat. We are all human and we all make mistakes. However, do not let one or two slip-ups keep you from achieving your health and wellness goals. Focus on getting back on track and not on your mistakes. Whatever resolutions you have set out to achieve, may your year be full of healing, transformation, and success.
Yours in health,