How to keep your New Year's resolution | NPNparents.org
As the year comes to a close, many of us are mentally steeling ourselves for New Year’s resolutions of physical fitness. Whether you’re resuming your workouts after a holiday hiatus or just beginning, staying dedicated to your resolution can be difficult—but not at all impossible! Below are some tips for staying motivated during the winter months.
1. Make a plan. To maximize your resolution’s success, it helps to outline a realistic game plan. Making your resolution unattainable is the best way to make it ineffective. For example, instead of swearing off all your favorite treats for good, try to limit yourself to once a week.
Another element of a successful plan is determining how to stick with your resolution when your motivation wanes. This could include pairing up with a friend you can call for help and support, or practicing positive self-talk. Find what works as inspiration before your resolution begins, so you have it ready when the chilly weather tries to discourage you from your goals. It could also help to write your motivation for pursuing a healthier lifestyle down on paper. Sometimes seeing your inspiration written can help maintain your resolve when you feel like cheating.
2. Don’t go it alone. Don’t make it harder on yourself by going it alone! Talking about your resolution and the goals you hope to accomplish during the new year with the people closest to you is a great way to receive support. It always helps to be reminded of why you’re making these important changes in your lifestyle by people who care. Involving your family in your improvements could not only encourage you, but provide a way for your kids to learn the value of a healthy lifestyle as well.
Improving your lifestyle doesn’t have to be all work and no play! Joining a running group is a great way to meet people with similar goals as you, and can serve as an important outlet of support during your training. Enrolling in races is another fun way to keep active, and can provide a shorter-term goal to keep you moving forward.
3. Stick with it. The most important aspect of making long-term lifestyle improvements is sticking with your resolution, even on days when you fall short of your goals. Do the best you can each day, and take it one day at a time. These 24-hour increments add up, and before you know it you’ll be back on track.
Tracking your progress is another great way to stay on top of your training and keep you motivated. Always focus on how far you’ve come from the start of your resolution, rather than how far you have to go to reach your goal.
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Posted on December 02, 2016 at 12:07 PM