Sticking with a New Year’s resolution can be a lot more difficult than it sounds. Even when you are excited about your resolutions, it is important that you take the proper precautions to ensure that you are setting goals that are feasible in your life.
Making a New Year’s Resolution for Your Health Sticking with a New Year’s resolution can be a lot more difficult than it sounds. Even when you are excited about your resolutions, it is important that you take the proper precautions to ensure that you are setting goals that are feasible in your life. We have all had resolutions that end up not working out too well. This is extremely apparent when it comes to the fitness and health resolutions that the majority of our nation choose to make during the beginning of a new year. A New Year, a New Time At the beginning of each year there is a huge spike in gym attendance, workout clothing sales and workout equipment sales. These numbers start to slowly taper off as the month of January goes and then they balance back out to normal throughout the rest of the year. This does not mean that change is impossible, but it means that you need to take some special precautions with the fitness goals that you set for yourself. Don’t be afraid to make goals about your fitness but make sure that you are setting yourself up for success rather than failure. Setting Goals Start by writing your goals down on a piece of paper. Taking mental note of your goals is not effective and often times it becomes much easier to justify breaking your goal when you do not have a written record of the goal that you have set for yourself. After you have taken time to think about a few goals, narrow your list down to just one quantifiable goal. That may be frustrating if you have a long list of changes that you want to make, but narrowing it down to just one goal will make it much more manageable. Not only will your goals become more manageable, but it will be easier to institute a lifestyle change rather than simply working to accomplish a goal. After you have thoughtfully considered your options and chosen a goal, make the goal as specific as you can. Rather than writing down that you want to be healthier, write down the exact changes that you are going to make to be healthier. Whether this is going to the gym at 5:30pm every day or it is eating 3 more servings of vegetables each day, you should be as specific as possible. When you make your goals specific you can track your progress and understand if you are actually accomplishing your goals. Many people forget to make their goal specific and they slowly slip out of the habit of keeping up with their goal. Going from Paper to Life You should also be sure that you understand how you are going to make the goal a reality. If your goal is to exercise on a daily basis, you should have the equipment or access to the equipment that you are going to need to exercise on a daily basis. Shopping on a website like www.nordictrackcoupon.com can be a great way to find the equipment that you will need in your home. Before visiting www.nordictrackcoupon.com, set a price limit for yourself to ensure you are prepared to stay within your budget. Setting a fitness goal can be a great way to institute positive changes in your life. So, this year take your time setting a goal that you know you can keep. Photo Credit: Edson Hong
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