Keeping a New Year’s Resolution often seems like an uphill battle. What often seems like an adorable declaration of change often devolves into a mental marathon with many people not truly understanding that a New Year’s Resolution is meant to last the entire year and then some.
Thankfully you never have to go through any Resolution alone. Your friends and family will (most likely) support your willingness to change and want to assist you on your journey. and of course you have the wonderful team here at Fitness In Time to help you along the way! If you’ve just made a New Year’s resolution and are afraid of backing out before without seeing it through, here are 6 ways to keep yourself on track.
1. Do Resolutions With A Group
It's one thing skipping a workout when it is just yourself, but when a good friend is waiting for you at the gym! Why not come a long with a friend, you can keep each other motivated and push each other to work harder. If you are the competitive type, it's also great to have some friendly competition as well!
2. Keep A Journal
If you’re worried about backing out of a resolution I suggest keeping a journal to track your progress. For example, if your goal is to exercise more, writing down how you’re beginning to feel more energetic and alert will force you to go back and evaluate how many beneficial things have come from your resolution before you call it quits. Our monthly reviews are also ideal for tracking your progress. I have a simple wall calendar somewhere I can see it every day, I simply put a big red cross on the days when I have a workout - it's easy to see when I am slacking off which pushes me to get my trainers on!
3. Manage Expectations
A large issue with many of our resolutions is we make them so complex and difficult that any rational person would struggle with following through with them. Instead of saying things like “I’m going to have a workout every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday for an entire year,” allow yourself some flexibility. Mitigate expectations so you’re setting yourself up for success instead of failure by saying something more along the lines of “I will do 2-3 workouts per week” That way the stakes don’t seem as high and you’re more likely to follow through if you don’t set the bar too high right out of the gate.
4. Have a Concrete Accountability Person
Beyond just your group of friends, tell someone you really respect about your resolution. Maybe that person is your grandma, or parent, or even sibling but whomever you tell make sure they are checking in on you to ensure you’re following through. A friend of mine made a resolution to stop smoking, so she made her mum call every day to check if she had smoked a cigarette throughout the day. Since she respected and loved her mother so much, it meant more that she was following through on her resolution for her than for anyone else. She didn’t want to disappoint her so she ended up keeping her promise.
5. Accept There Will Be Minor Set-Backs
Whenever you’re making a major change in your life like New Year’s resolutions so often are, we need to accept that there will be times where there are set-backs. We need to forgive ourselves for these set backs and keep our eyes on the prize: making a life-long change that will better ourselves. If you have a resolution and slip up a little bit, keep pushing through. Refuse to accept your failure as the dissolving of your resolution and look at it as a stumbling block.
6. Reward Yourself
It is important whenever you’re making a change in your life to celebrate your successes. If you’ve been trying to quit anything as your resolution, it is important to give back to yourself. Oftentimes we look at our resolutions as denying ourselves of something but eventually we need to readjust this mindset. In order to be successful at any resolution we need to treat ourselves to that new pair of shoes something we love every time we have a mini success - maybe a relaxing Swedish massage in our beauty studio!