Making a New Year’s Resolution for Your Health by darreljefferson


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									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 can be a great way to find the
equipment that you will need in your home. Before visiting, 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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