We, humans, are known for evolution, each time there is an obstacle humans have made specific changes in their bodies. From the very first species, “homo habilis” to what we are known as today “homo sapiens”. But were these changes made immediately? It took human beings 2.4 million years to make changes and stick to them.
But why are we talking about a thing that has happened in history? Because to enlighten the fact that it took 2.4 million years to make changes and most importantly to stick to those changes. Making changes in life or making resolutions is easy but sticking to them is a real task!
Every year is a new beginning and a fresh start, where you can begin your day in a different way or inculcate new habits within yourself. Each time when you make a new resolution there is more probability of you breaking them.
You’ve probably set a New Goal — and then broken it — at least once in your life. Stop making resolutions and then failing to follow through this year. If your resolution is to improve your health and well-being, you will have a lot better year if you keep it. To get you started, here are 10 amazing life changing tips to stick to your fitness resolution!
KEEP A REALITY CHECK
Making your objective unreachable is the surest way to fall short of it. Resolving to never eat your favorite dish again, for example, is a recipe for failure. Instead, set a realistic goal for yourself, such as avoiding it more frequently than you do currently.
You might decide to lose 10 pounds, make daily to-do lists, or run a mini-marathon, for example. Make your aim attainable rather than unrealistic. Choosing a specific, attainable objective allows you to plan out exactly how you will achieve (and stick to) your goal throughout the year.
Make your resolutions before the New Season. If you wait until the last minute, your decision will be influenced by your mood that day. Instead, it should be arranged far in advance of December 31st.
The year is probably not the best time to begin making plans for the coming year. When you wait until the last minute, you risk making decisions based on your mood for the day rather than a more calculated approach. Instead, a New Year’s resolution should be made well in advance of December 31.
If it’s too late to start something on January 1st, choose another date—February 1st, your birthday, the anniversary of your diagnosis—whatever date is special to you.
PLAN YOUR ACTIONS
Make a plan for how you’ll handle the temptation to skip that workout class or eat that piece of cake. This could include enlisting the assistance of a friend, engaging in positive thinking and self-talk, or reminding yourself how your “bad behavior” will impact your goal.
You can begin by writing out your goal, establishing a list of possible actions to reach that goal, and noting any potential roadblocks. You’ll be better prepared to adhere to your commitment and conquer any obstacles if you know exactly what you want to accomplish and the challenges you could face.
MAKE A LIST OF “PROS” AND “CONS”
It may be beneficial to see a list of items written down to keep your motivation high. Build this list over time and invite others to add to it. Keep your list with you and refer to it whenever you need motivation.
It’s critical to think about a settlement from all sides. Maybe the moment is appropriate, maybe it isn’t: think about it before jumping in. A summary of benefits and drawbacks on paper may help to boost motivation.
Build this list over time and invite others to add to it. Keep the list on hand and refer to it whenever a resolution has to be reaffirmed.
FEEL EMPOWERED ABOUT IT
Keep your resolution to yourself. Tell your friends and family members who will be there to support you in your efforts to improve your health or alter yourself for the better. Finding a friend who shares your New Goal and motivates each other is the best-case scenario.
Yes, you’ve undoubtedly heard this advice a million times before, but it works. Having a strong support network might assist you in being motivated and accountable. Companionship also helps to keep to your resolution more enjoyable. So, if possible, choose a friend or loved one who shares your goals.
If your resolution is to eat a healthier diet, this does not mean you may consume an entire box of chocolates. Instead, reward yourself for your accomplishment by doing something you enjoy that does not conflict with your resolution. If you’ve been keeping your vow to eat healthier, reward yourself with new workout gear or a trip to the movies with a friend.
MONITOR YOUR PROGRESS
Keep track of your tiny victories. Short-term goals are easier to stick to, and each small victory will keep you motivated. Rather than concentrating on dropping 30 pounds, concentrate on the first five. Keep a food diary to help you remain on track, and give yourself a reward for every five pounds you lose.
If you’re keeping a resolution notebook, make a note of the date the relapse occurred, what may have sparked it, and what you might do differently next time. You will be better equipped to deal with future issues if you first comprehend them.
TAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF
Obsessing over little mistakes will not help you reach your goal. Take each day as it comes and do the best you can.
It’s not always possible to maintain a positive attitude all of the time, but striving to be less self-critical can help. Obsessing over little setbacks isn’t going to help you make progress.
Each day, do the best you can and take it one day at a time. When you make a mistake, don’t dwell on it. Regain control of the situation and continue with the strategy.
STAY WITH IT
A new activity takes around 21 days to become a habit, and six months to become part of your personality, according to experts. Be persistent and patient because it will not happen overnight!
The hardest aspect of sustaining a resolution will be sticking to a plan. A new activity, such as exercising, takes roughly 21 days to become a habit, and 6 months to become part of your personality, according to experts. In no time, your new healthy habits will become second nature.
CONTINUE TO ENDEAVOUR
Don’t despair if you’ve lost all motivation to keep your resolution by the middle of February. Restart the game! Recommit for the next 24 hours. You have 24 hours to do whatever you want. The 24-hour intervals will quickly add up, and you’ll be back on track before you know it.
You can also try out simple home workouts for best results.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT KEEPING UP WITH RESOLUTIONS
Researchers in Sweden looked at over 1,000 people’s New Year’s resolutions in a study. They discovered that the following were among the participants’ objectives:
33% for physical well-being
20% reduction in weight
13% intend to alter their eating habits
9% for personal development
5% for mental health and sleep
Those who set approach-oriented goals, such as eating more fruit, rated their resolution as successful 59 percent of the time. 47 percent of individuals who had an avoidance objective, such as not eating candy, felt successful.
The annual ritual of making resolutions does not have to be a failure. Sometimes the difference between success and failure comes down to picking the proper objective and following the correct approach to get there. Above all, remember to be kind and flexible with yourself, and to acknowledge and applaud any and all improvement. It’s not only about achieving the ultimate goal; it’s also about the journey.