Many of us set resolutions to get a fresh start at a new year, trying to better ourselves or reach goals in the next 12 months.
Health and fitness resolutions are one of the most common – and Emily Medalen tells us about how to stay on track with these goals all year.
We often hear about people starting off the year with big wellness goals and then falling off the train after a few months.
I spoke with a few experts about how to keep your resolutions in tact this year.
Check it out.
Over one third of Americans are making resolutions to exercise more and lose weight in 2018 – according to a Gallup News article.
But – as one trainer says – these goals don’t always last.
“A common thing that we see with the New Years Resolution is everybody starts off with a bang, and then kind of dwindles off,” says LaShae Michels, Life Center Director.
“Slow and steady wins the race,” says Vanessa Lennick, Dietitian.
Michels says one rule everyone should follow is to step off the scale. “So many people want to step on that scale first thing in the morning and see where they’re at… I suggest not to. You can weigh the same but look completely different.”
Ian Keller is a personal trainer as well.
His advice is to set smaller, more maintainable goals as the months pass.
“You don’t want to set a goal that’s too far, but you don’t want to set one that’s too easy either,” says Keller.
The experts said the biggest reason our resolutions fail is because we’re “too keen” right away –
For example, saying we’re going to be in the gym for 2 hours a day, 7 days a week.
They say taking small steps – even bundling up and taking a 15 minute walk after meals – are a great way to keep ourselves motivated and achieve what we hope for in the new year.
“Are those action steps something you can maintain for the rest of the year? If they’re not, more than likely you’re not going to reach those goals,” says Lennick.
Lennick says to keep in mind the importance of mental health as you work toward your goals.
“Stop comparing yourself to other people. Your journey is completely different than somebody else’s. Your body is completely different than somebody else’s.”
“We’re all in it for the big picture – and that’s to make ourselves healthier and happier and a little more confident in ourselves,” says Michels.