Each year Americans set weight loss and fitness resolutions, aimed at bettering their health. By the end of January, 22% will have fallen off the wagon and after 6 months, that number climbs to 42%.
However, that means 58% of us are still going after 6 months. Failed resolutions are joked about as being normal, but it seems that failure is not supported by statistics.
So, what can we learn from the successful 58%? What makes the difference between sticking with your goals and dropping off?
There are many reasons we don’t follow through, but one of the problems, I believe, is in our approach. Many of us set ourselves up for frustration by having unrealistic goals and expectations. On the tails of the holidays, we make an emotional decision to make major changes.
An emotional beginning to making lifestyle changes may begin with lots of hope, but often dies when our enthusiasm subsides.
There is no single way to assure success, but as a fitness lifestyle coach, I’ve observed what works for those who are successful versus those who are not. What I offer are 3 important tips for making New Year’s Resolutions that stick:
1. Plan ahead and make time for new fitness habits. Most of us try to add something new to an already overbooked schedule. Trying to squeeze one more activity in a busy day is going to eventually cause stress that will undermine your best intentions.
2. Create a vision of what you would like to create. What compelling reason do you have for making changes? How do you want to feel in your new body? How will being fit make your life better?
3. Seek out support. As a culture, we have learned to attempt to do everything ourselves. We’ve been taught to pull up our bootstraps, be strong, and power through. The most successful people are those that have willingly sought out and accepted help and support.
Just because you have failed to keep your resolutions in the past, doesn’t mean not to try. Remember, 58% of us achieve success. Think ahead, plan it out, create a vision, and find support. Make 2014 the year you set resolutions you keep!