As the festive season comes and goes, we all start looking to the New Year as a starting point for some positive lifestyle changes. Whether it’s to get fitter, stress less or embrace a healthier diet, your goals are important.
It’s not unusual to kick start the New Year full of energy and good intentions, only to fall off the bandwagon by February leaving you feeling defeated and with no willpower.
We’ve put together a little guide on making healthy New Year’s resolutions and actually sticking to them. So as the sun sets on 2017, you can look forward and plan with confidence that you’re going to nail whatever you want to accomplish in 2018. You’ve got this!
Habits take a long time to change, so start small. If your aim is to exercise more, schedule three or four sessions in a week, instead of seven. It’s much more achievable and you’re more likely to smash out.
Write it down
Treat yourself in the Christmas sales to a new notebook dedicated to your goals. Use this to list your resolutions as well as a plan of attack on how you’re going to achieve them. Once they’re on paper, stick your list somewhere you’ll see it every day (such as the fridge or at your desk) as a constant reminder.
Check in regularly
Check in to your list of resolutions regularly. Whether it’s weekly or monthly, tracking progress helps to keep you motivated. It’s also a great idea to jot down any achievements or goals reached to keep you on track.
Find a buddy
Find a friend or family member who is also committing to some New Year’s resolutions and do it together. You don’t have to have the same goals in mind, but having a buddy will keep you accountable and motivated. Plan a regular catch up where you share achievements and progress together – much nicer than going it alone!
Do what you love
If you hate running, don’t resolve to become a runner. You’ll have given up before you know it, feeling deflated and back at square one. Instead, find another workout that you enjoy and aim to do it more regularly.