10 Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution
With every New Year that arrives, it is common for the “New Year, New Me” approach; however, four weeks later, it’s back to the “New Year, old you” as you have stopped going to the gym and are back to your old habits. Well, don’t worry because here are some tips to help you keep that New Year’s Resolution long after the New Year has begun:
1.- Throw out the “New Year, New Me” fad.
One of the most overused New Year’s lines. It isn’t a new you. You are only new at birth. Your New Year’s Resolution to begin a fitness journey is an improvement the current version of you. The “New Year, New Me” gimmick has you believing that you are throwing everything out and starting fresh. You aren’t; you are making changes to your current lifestyle to be healthier and fit. You’re still going to have your personality, your face, your favorite color, etc., so you aren’t new, you’re just evolving.
2.- Don’t expect results overnight.
Don’t start your fitness journey and expect to drop 10 pounds by January 2nd. As amazing as that would be, it isn’t realistic. You are a work in progress and that progress takes time. Don’t give up because you aren’t seeing the results as quickly as you had hoped. Do not quit because you still have so much more to go because soon, it will become how far you’ve come.
3.- Do your research.
Nutrition is a science. The food you eat needs to fuel your body and support your fitness goals. Do not believe in the instant weight loss magic pills/diets; the quicker you lose the weight, the faster it will come back. Weight loss happens over time and will only happen if you put in the work. If it’s in the budget, hire a personal trainer that is certified in nutrition or hire a nutritionist. If you want to pursue it on your own, read science-based material on nutrition and create a meal plan using that information.
4.- Find what works best for you.
Weight loss and fitness is not a one-size-fits-all process. You have to find what works best for you and your goals. Your fit friend might be able to eat broccoli, but you can’t. The woman in the gym might have great arms from doing 100 reps for a set, but you may get the same results from completing 15 reps and 3 sets. Everyone responds differently, so don’t compare yourself to others.
5.- Keep a journal.
Keep a journal of your food (everything you eat and drink) and your workouts. You can track your progress and it helps you evaluate what is working for you and what is not.
6.- Drink water.
Even if you’re drinking water, you’re probably not drinking enough. Half an ounce to an ounce of water per pound of your body weight is how much water a day you should be drinking. The range depends on your level of activity, the climate you live in, etc.
7.- Don’t deprive yourself.
One of the easiest ways to set yourself up for failure is to deprive yourself of entire food groups forever. The “no-carb diet” or the “I’m going to starve myself until that dress fits” are not sustainable ways to live. If you are eating foods that fuel your body to run efficiently, you can treat yourself…not saying to take a sleeve of Oreos to the face every night, but you can treat yourself. Moderation is key to not only a balanced diet, but in life.
8.- Let fitness be fun!
If you find ways to enjoy working out and getting fit, you will be well on your way to being happy and healthy! Try different workouts with a friend, take up group classes that you’ve never tried before, find new recipes to add to your regimen, etc. If you look forward to your new, healthy lifestyle, you will stay motivated and you may even inspire others along the way.
9.- Establish short-term goals.
Your ultimate goal may be to lose 20 pounds or finally have a six pack like the one that you see on all of the fitness models in magazines, but you have to remember that it will take time. Staying motivated is easier when you have short-term goals because they will help you achieve your ultimate goal. For example, strive to lose two pounds in a week. Then, the following week, make a goal to do 15 pushups instead of 10. If you continuously achieve these goals, you will feel proud as well as driven to continue moving forward towards your next goal and of course, your ultimate fitness goal.
10.- Never forget why you made the Resolution.
It’s very easy to give up when you feel as though you are working hard, but nothing is happening. It is very easy to say “maybe next year”. However, when you feel like quitting, remember why you made this New Year’s Resolution in the first place. Remind yourself why you chose to improve your health and your life. Think about all of the reasons that made you start to help you keep going. Once you start seeing results, you’ll not only look good, but feel great as well.
Hey! It may not be a new you, but it is a New Year, so make it the one with the best YOU yet! Make sure to print the graphic below to stay motivated ;-)