How to make and keep to New Years Resolutions

So, it’s two weeks into the New Year and your resolutions are already long forgotten. Want some advice on how to get back on track?

 

Setting resolutions is easy, sticking with them is much harder and by now I’m guessing most of you have already fallen off the wagon.  Why?  Because it requires something of us, we need to make changes and for everyone change is difficult and we resist it rather than embrace it.  We have become comfortable as we are that we rebel against our own goals when we have to take action.

 So, what are some common goals around this time of year?  There is the typical, “I want to lose weight”, “I want to get fit”, “I want to feel healthier”.  You get the idea.  These are all great goals, but they are vague.  This means you have no real idea of what you want to achieve, what does “fit”, “healthier” mean (losing weight is self-explanatory).  Better ways to set these goals would be, “I want to lose 4 kg per month for 3 months”, “I want to walk every day for 30 minutes”, “I want to reduce my take-away meals to only once per week”, you get the idea.  

 Once you have specified what your goal is then you can take small and incremental steps to get there, trying to do it all at once can be very overwhelming and put you off before you even start.  If you want to lose 4 kgs in a month then you need to aim to lose one kilogram per week.  And, how do you go about doing that?  You make small and sustainable changes, instead of having a large coffee have a medium, make sure you include incidental movement into you day such as parking a little further from work than usual and taking the stairs instead of the lift, and at the end of the day plan for a 15-minute walk instead of a 30 minute one which will seem much less daunting when you are starting out.  Once you are able to stick to these smaller goals then you can build on them.  Don’t get disheartened if you are not seeing changes on the scales straight away, they will come with consistency.  

 Remember when you start any exercise program to consult your doctor if you have a chronic health condition or are a male over 45 years or female over 55 year of age.  If you are not sure how to get started, complete our contact form for a phone conversation with our Exercise Physiologist, Jacqui.

 So, remember, at the end of the day, if nothing changes, nothing changes!  Wishing everyone the best for their journey towards better health.