HOW TO KEEP YOUR NEW YEAR’S HEALTH RESOLUTION

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Image courtesy of www.michaelnewnham.com

Are you one of the many people that have made a New Year’s resolution? If you have, good for you! According to one study, less than 50% of people will begin the new year with a promise or resolve [source].

Many of today’s popular resolutions have to do with fitness in one way or another such as getting in shape, losing weight and stressing less. Your health is one of the most important aspects of your life, which is why so many resolutions involve taking better care of one’s body this year.

But, as we all know, it’s much easier said than done – especially resolutions that are conceived on New Year’s Eve and expected to last the next 365 days! Unfortunately, less than half of all New Year’s resolutions are kept after 6 months.

So to help you keep on target, Beaches Health Group wants to give you some simple tips that will help keep your fitness resolution alive and well all year long!

PLAN AHEAD!

Every week, hold a planning session and get everything squared away for the upcoming week. Set your morning alarms, decide what time you are going to go to bed, and organize your time as best you can.

DECIDE NOW

Decide now how you are going to deal with temptations such as skipping exercise class, sleep in, or smoke one more cigarette. According to some people, using positive thinking techniques and talking to yourself can help you when you face that decision to keep or break your New Year’s resolution! Call a friend!

GO SOCIAL

If you are really committed, share your resolution with others. It can help give you an added sense of accountability because others know about your goal! This can also be encouraging since your friends will likely check up on you occasionally to see how you’re doing and offer you encouragement!

In addition to sharing your goal with others, consider joining websites like Pinterest and MeetUp where you can socialize with other people who share similar interests as you.

REWARD YOURSELF

Set benchmarks so that you are rewarded for your strong resolve! Be careful not to contradict your resolution with the reward! For example, if your resolution is to stop drinking alcohol, don’t plan a karaoke night at your favorite bar with your friends.

TRACK YOUR PROGRESS

Focus one week at a time and take time to look back and relish what you have accomplished! If you can keep your resolution for 3 weeks, then you can keep it for an entire year. Don’t get overwhelmed by the thought of keeping your resolutions for the entire year. You can accomplish your resolution by focusing your efforts one week at a time.

REMIND YOURSELF OF THE BENEFITS

If you have put a lot of thought into your resolution, then this should already be at the forefront of your mind. You must know the advantages of keeping your resolution and be keenly aware of how your life will be better by staying true to your New Year’s promise!

MY HEALTH GOAL PROGRAM

Beaches Health Group offers a My Health Goal Program that can help you keep your health resolution.  We start off with an assessment and then design a custom plan to help you reach your goals. This program gives you the opportunity to be accountable and will help you keep your health and fitness goals for 2013.

DON’T GIVE UP

If you start slacking or revert back to your old bad habits, then don’t give up altogether! Treat it as a temporary setback and nothing more. Give yourself another chance to succeed.