In just a few short weeks the Christmas holidays will be over and we’ll be welcoming the New Year in style. Every year millions of people across Australia and the world make New Year resolutions, but few succeed in the new year.
Have you made a New Year resolution in the past and failed by the end of January. You’re not alone. Find out how to keep your New Year resolution so 2017 will be your best year yet.
10 Tips to Keep Your New Year Resolution in 2018
- Make realistic goals
Millions of people pledge to lose weight and get in shape in the new year. Don’t forget it’s important to make realistic goals. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, aim to lose about 10% of your current bodyweight. Not only is 10% achievable for most people, you’ll also see the most health benefits in this range.
- Make short-terms goals
Most people find success in breaking their long-term goal into multiple short-term goals. If you want to lose 20 kg in 201, aim to lose 0.25-0.50 kg per week for about six months instead of trying to lose 20 kg in two months.
- Make your resolution public
Tell all your friends, family, and coworkers about your New Year resolution. People who make their goals public are more likely to keep them long-term. With social media, it’s as easy as a few finger movements to let everyone know you’re dying to be able to do a pull-up in 2018.
- Use an app
There are hundreds of fitness apps available for your mobile phone. Choose your favourite and start tracking your meals, workouts, and weight loss progress. MyFitnessPal is one of the more popular picks.
- Find a buddy
Workouts are way more fun with a buddy. Not only can working out with your mate be more fun, but they will also hold you accountable to your workout. Plus, they can be your spotter in the weight room.
- Make one change at a time
Many people fail their New Year resolutions because they try to change everything at once. For example, if your goal is to get healthy in 2018, don’t try to quit smoking, eat healthy, and workout all at the same time. Start by quitting smoking. Once that is going well, then start hitting the gym.
- Celebrate small victories
When you achieve one of your short-term goals, it’s okay to celebrate! You finally lost 10 kg after three months of working hard? Go out and buy that new dress you’ve been eyeing. Rewards can get you motivated throughout the year.
- Schedule time to work out your New Year resolution
One of the biggest excuses people make about not achieving their fitness goals is they lack the time. Yet, we all have the same 24 hours in a day. Make your health and fitness goals a priority in your life and schedule time to hit the gym, plan meals, and focus on your health.
- Stay positive
Keeping a positive mindset is important to success. You’ll have bad days; that’s life. It’s your response to the bad days that matter. Focus on staying positive and moving forward toward your goals. If you need a pick-me-up, set aside some time to meditate, do yoga, or seek out support from friends and family.
- Take notes
Take a few minutes from your day right before bed and jot down some notes about your day. Write down what you eat, your workout, and your general feelings about the day. Your records can help you discover what is and what isn’t working in your plans. Add in motivational quotes or anything that keeps you working hard.
Don’t let 2018 be another year that you fail to achieve your New Year resolution. By following these ten simple tips, you’ll be able to keep your New Year resolution this year and every year.