6 Tips for Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions
Be honest. Did you subscribe to the “New Year, New Me” mantra for 2023?
We get it. After a couple of weeks of holiday fun, you may be itching for a wellness reset. January is the most popular time of year to make changes, set goals, and make health/fitness your priority. But did you know that only about 8% of people who make New Year’s resolutions will stick to them?
So how can you stick to your health and fitness goals once the new year motivation has worn
off? Follow our tips to successfully achieve your New Year’s resolution!
1. Set clear goals
We hear people say they want to “get fit” or “lose weight” all the time. Unfortunately, those are too vague as they don’t provide enough direction. You want your goals to be specific and set a clear and well-defined goal.
Here are some examples of clear fitness goals:
Walk 10,000 steps a day
– Complete 3 strength training workouts a week
– Prepare 5 lunches for the workweek
– Plank for 1 minute every day for one month
– Complete a 5K in 2-3 months
2. Be realistic
Your goals should be realistic and achievable. If you haven’t exercised in a while, a simple walk 3/week may be just enough to start your exercise program. As your fitness level increases, so can the intensity of your workouts. That’s when you can revamp your goals and try new things!
3. Find the joy
You won’t stick with anything you find boring or tedious. That especially applies to your workouts! Want to ensure you follow through on your resolutions? Keep trying workouts until you find one that brings you joy or excites you. By putting an emphasis on enjoyment, you are more likely to move your body frequently…and eventually, reach your goals!
4. Grab a friend
Everything is easier (and more fun) with a buddy. A workout partner is not just someone
you see at the gym or a friend that goes with you. Your workout buddy is an accountability partner who helps keep you motivated and working towards your goal; even when you don’t want to. Working out with a partner can help you feel more motivated, try new workouts/activities, and exercise more consistently. Then you’ll both reach your fitness goals!
5. Sign up for an event
Keep your fitness aspirations on track by signing up for an event. Whether a fun-run, a Spartan Race, or a charity fitness event, training for an event gives you a preset goal to focus on the weeks leading up to the “big day”.
6. When all else fails…
Hire a coach. Working out can be tricky and intimidating. It’s normal to have fitness goals and also be unsure of how to achieve them. It’s also completely normal to lack motivation at times. A personal trainer’s main job is to keep your workouts exciting and new while holding you accountable as your work towards your fitness goals. There’s no need to do it alone.