Let’s talk resolutions.
With the New Year just days away, many are ramping up for their 2015 New Year’s resolutions. If you are a regular gym-goer throughout the year, you are well versed in the chaos that ensues come January 1 at your gym. Perhaps the insanity lasts into February, maybe even March. Without question, though, things are back to normal by the time the snow starts to melt.
I am certainly not one to talk. Every year I have a list of items I resolve to focus on throughout the year. Come end of February, however, that focus has been tainted by an abundance of distractions, as I’m sure most can relate. That’s life, right?
According to findings published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 50% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, many having to do with weight loss, diet, exercise, quitting smoking, etc. This statistic then begs the question: why do so many fail?
It boils down to two words: behavior change. People make resolutions as a way to motivate themselves to be better, but what they forget is their willingness to change their behavior long term. For example, one may resolve to lose weight using diet and exercise. While this may be effective short term, it is not sustainable. Long-term success requires behavior change, a shift in thinking, “rewiring” your brain, so to speak.
My intent is certainly not to make you feel that your New Year’s resolutions have already failed (they haven’t even started!), but rather to bring attention to WHY resolutions do tend to fail. How about we change that in 2015?! After all, New Year, New You!
Here are a few ways you can maximize the success of your 2015 resolutions:
- Make one resolution, instead of several (always my downfall).
- Make your resolution simple and specific, such as walking 2 miles 3 days per week, or walking at least 10,000 steps per day. Make no mistake, resolving to lose weight is not specific enough! Your resolution should be tangible, such as ‘lose 10 pounds in 90 days.’
- Identify someone that will hold you accountable to your goal and report back to them daily, weekly, bi-weekly, etc.
- Take small steps and celebrate milestones. What is something you can do today that will move you closer to your ultimate goal?
Cheers to you and yours this New Year, and to making it your very best year yet!
Katie Kubes is an American Council on Exercise certified fitness professional and has been teaching Spinning® classes since 2012. She also recently became certified as a Tabata Bootcamp™ trainer.
Katie has always been passionate about health and wellness, particularly as it relates to group fitness. She loves to motivate others to push themselves past what they think is physically possible.
Katie blogs for the Wellness Project monthly, where she shares fitness ideas, stories and motivation each month.