New You: How to Stick to Your New Years' Resolution
With 2021 just around the corner, many people are starting to anticipate what the new year will bring--and boy, was it a year to remember!
While researchers have found that 60% of us make New Year’s resolutions, only about 8% are successful sticking with them and achieving their goals.
If you’re wondering what the most common New Year’s resolutions are, here’s what tops the list:
- Diet or eat healthier (71 percent)
- Exercise more (65 percent)
- Lose weight (54 percent)
Not surprisingly, health-related New Year resolutions were top of the list. Nearly half of Americans today live with one chronic illness. About 160 million Americans are considered obese or overweight—that’s 75% of men and 60% of women. Pretty shocking!
If 2021 is your year for eating better, exercising more and losing weight, here are some tips for setting realistic New Years’ resolutions:
- Write it down: When we write out our intentions, they come to life. It’s a way to manifest things into reality. Goals become concrete when we see them on paper. Post your goals where you can see them daily, which helps increase accountability.
- Don’t Over promise: Keep your New Years resolutions short and simple. We sometimes get stuck in the weeds when we over promise ourselves and then lose faith in our ability to stick with the program. Limit your New Years’ resolutions to one attainable goal.
- Publicize: Tell others about your New Years’ resolution to increase accountability. Friends and family can also help keep us “on the wagon.” Shared resolutions may increase a “Gonna’ Stick with It” mentality. Consider joining a gym together, for example, and supporting one another toward the same goal.
- Create SMART goals: Be sure your goals are specific and measurable. This is a business plan for your year! Where do you see yourself three months from now? Six months from now? Create measurable outcomes where you can assess your progress, but be sure they are attainable and reasonable.
SMART goals stand for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-framed. Instead of the goal, “I plan to lose weight this year,” make it a SMART goal: "I plan to lose 3-5 pounds a month by exercising five days a week for 30-60 minutes a day and cutting sugar from my diet. I will assess my progress monthly with the overall goal of losing 50 pounds by December 31, 2021."
- Reward small successes: Checks and balances are important when creating New Years’ resolutions. What will be a reward for attaining small goals along the journey? How will you keep yourself on track? Ask friends and family to help you celebrate small victories. Set small, attainable goals and rewards for attaining them to keep you motivated. On the same note, what will you do when you fall off track? Put a plan in place for days when your goal seems out of reach and nearly impossible to attain. Remember to be both firm and forgiving to yourself. If sticking to the plan seems like an overall struggle, find a way to bite off what you can chew. For example, if your goal is forty minutes of exercise five days a week and it seems like a stretch to get to the gym, find other ways to hit your goal—a home yoga session, a few ten minute walks around your neighborhood or a jam session with sets of push-ups and sit-ups.
A new year provides us all with the opportunity to make necessary changes to create the best version of ourselves.
To help you with your New Years’ resolutions, here are some supplement recommendations:
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- Support healthy post-meal blood glucose and lipid levels
- Reduce visceral fat
- Lessen skin wrinkles and brown spots
- Help decrease fatigue and improves endurance
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