We’re into March. Despite the best of our fitness intentions, many plans have fallen by the wayside. But, fear not, all we need is a reset.
Many of us started this year with the intention of improving ourselves, but by March most of us seem to be struggling to stick to those promises. With statistics from 2017 showing that a less than 10% of people achieved their resolution from the year before, we must consider what it really takes to follow through with our New Year’s resolutions.
New Year’s resolutions are often about breaking bad habits and many people have admitted to making the same resolution for at least five years in a row before they can achieve just a six-month success. See the top four tips from Dietlicious on how to increase your chances of achieving those “new year new you” goals:
1. Make the goal attainable
It is a great thing to think big, but making sure that you select a New Year’s resolution that is achievable in a timely manner is important. This could mean you need to break down a major goal into smaller goals so that you don’t get discouraged and want to quit.
2. Make it clear
When selecting a New Year’s resolution, we should first decipher exactly what it means to us to achieve it. “To lose weight” may mean you want to regain confidence, lose a specific amount of weight or improve energy levels. “To be a better person” may mean you want to do more charity work or be kinder to strangers. Selecting a more specific goal will help to keep you truly engaged in what you are working to achieve.
3. Make it interesting and enjoyable
It won’t always be easy working towards our goals, especially fitness and diet-related ones. The top two new year’s resolutions for Australian’s in 2018 were to improve fitness and eat better. To avoid getting discouraged by the challenges of these goals, we should select an interesting and enjoyable method of achieving it. For example, if you are wanting to lose weight, you can try an innovative new diet such as the 5:2 Diet. Fasting can help you achieve weight loss but also improve energy levels, reduce your risk of cancer, repair genes, lower blood pressure and blood sugar, and can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
4. Track your progress
Finding a suitable method of tracking your progress is a great way of keeping yourself accountable. For health and weight loss goals, this could mean keeping a food and fitness diary, or if you are a more visual person, you can take progress photos weekly or fortnightly to document any physical changes.