On average, about 20% of us keep our New Year’s resolutions. If you would like to increase your success rate, take a look at these sensible tips.
1. Avoid choosing the same resolution
2. Create a game plan and break it down
3. Make contingency plans
4. Give it time
5. Reward yourself
6. Don’t do it alone
7. Keep a journal
- Avoid choosing the same resolution. If you are still tempted to stick with a past resolution, try altering it. For example, instead of stating that you are going to lose 30 pounds, try exercising for 30 minutes each day.
- Create a game plan and break it down. Writing down your plan increases success. Rather than one big goal, dissect it into smaller pieces to make it less intimidating. Set several smaller goals throughout the year that help you reach your ultimate goal.
- Make contingency plans. Do not assume sticking to your plan will be easy. Plan on roadblocks and be prepared to find ways to overcome them.
- Give it time. It takes a minimum of eight weeks to make a new routine a habit, and six months for your new habit to become part of your daily life. This includes exercise!
- Reward yourself. If you have stuck with your resolution for eight weeks, reward yourself. But choose your reward wisely. Treat yourself with a healthy reward, such as a massage or new shoes.
- Don’t do it alone. Enlist a friend or family member. Research has shown that assistance from fitness professionals greatly improves success rates.
- Keep a journal. A journal helps you recognize your positive steps and makes it harder to revert back to the same old habits.
Employee Wellness offers fitness, nutrition and wellness counseling sessions which can assist in setting and attaining your New Year wellness goal.