Just 8% of people accomplish their New Year’s Resolutions.
For me, I usually never put too much emphasis on specific New Year’s Resolutions. I often make more broad goals to be a better, more healthier person in the new year.
When they are broader goals, they seem to be easier to achieve. Or, maybe it’s just that I don’t even realize if I don’t achieve them. I think it’s time for more specific, measurable goals.
Last year I just wanted to sleep more (to my surprise, I did achieve that… for now).
This year I would like to keep up with my running, stay active, cook healthy meals for my family and try to be an overall better person.
Instead of making broad resolutions, I am determined to write down more specific goals. So, keep up with the running, will be changed to sign up for a race for every three months at least. Instead of cook healthier meals, my resolution is to increase our vegetable intake and avoid buying any sweets in favor of baking every once and awhile.
I do have some tricks up my sleeve in order to stay out of the large percentage of people who do not stick to their resolutions.
Hopefully, my tips will work to keep me in the elusive 8% and, at the very least, make me a healthier person in 2015.
Head over to my fitness page for more fitness tips and exercises.
Surefire Ways to Stick to your Fitness Resolutions
1. Make a schedule
I have mentioned before that writing (or typing) your workouts into your calendar can help you stick to your goals. Often exercise is just an after thought. We say, I’ll exercise when I find the time. If it’s in your schedule, on the other hand, it can be difficult to avoid. There’s no excuse that you ran out of time because you already made the time.
2. Set realistic goals
A lot of people fail to meet their fitness resolutions because they set unrealistic goals. They plan to exercise 6-7 times of week or start running 5 miles every morning before work. Or, you make goals that are too broad to measure like I did. Set goals that you know you can and will want to keep- specific goals that you can measure. Start out small. You can always modify your goals as you become more fit. Try scheduling workouts 3 times of week in the beginning. Or, plan to start the Couch to 5K program which starts with a mix of running and walking.
3. Spice it up
Boredom may be another reason many people do not keep their fitness resolutions. I know I start off really excited about a fitness program or workout then eventually I get bored. This isn’t the end of the world, but your fitness level can go by wayside if you decide yoga isn’t your thing anymore without having a backup workout in place. Mixing up your workouts can also help prevent injury. My knees always start to hurt if I do not mix in weight training with my running.
4. Break it up
This goes along with setting realistic goals. It can be a lot easier to break up large goals into smaller ones. It is great motivation to achieve a smaller goal. I know I would have never been able to run a half marathon when I first started running. The thought never even crossed my mind. Instead, I focused on running a 5 K, then a 10K, then 10 miles, until I worked my way up to a half marathon. Even though I have always thought a marathon was something crazy people did, now it is looking like a serious possibility in the future.
5. Enlist help
It can be very difficult to achieve your fitness resolutions all alone. There’s a reason studies say that people who eat right and workout are more likely to be friends with other people who eat right and workout. It is so much easier to stay fit when you are having fun. When I was training for my 10 mile race back in May, I couldn’t believe how much easier the long runs were with another person. If none of your friends have the same fitness resolutions as you, try joining Facebook groups or MyFitnessPal app. My family uses Strava to track our runs. I like that it allows people to comment and give kudos on one another’s runs. There are also challenges you can join to compete with other members of Strava. Feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com if you need support.
6. Change your mindset
The fitness resolutions that you are most likely to keep are the ones you can keep up with for the rest of your life. If you only think of a resolution as something temporary to get you into shape, then the moment you decide you are finished you will slide right back into your old habits. Focus on making good habits and you’ll find yourself in that 8%! Good luck and Happy New Year!
What are some of your fitness resolutions for the New Year? Let me know in the comment section below!
Follow my Fitness-Exercises Pinterest board for workout ideas.
Hi, and happy new year!
This January-February I am teaming up with local mamas to try out different types of workouts in Chicagoland and then we will give our five cents on the program and whatnot. Anyway, I am looking for a post to attach to my landing page regarding my new series and was wondering if I could include yours. It does a really good job of spelling out how to be successful with resolutions (especially the fitness-related ones that my mama friends and I are embarking on). Let me know your thoughts!
Amanda @ Queenofthelandoftwigsnberries recently posted…Easy Prep Meals for Exhausted Mamas That EVERYONE Will Eat!
Hey Amanda! That would be awesome. Thank you! Let me know when the new series starts and I will be glad to help promote. I look forward to reading.
The Good Mama recently posted…Surefire Ways to Stick to your Fitness Resolutions
WELL!!! I have fitness resolutions this year. AND I have a spotty history of sticking to past resolutions. Don’t get me wrong, my track record is about 60% success and 40% failure. Last year was a failure, and I am NOT wanting a repeat!! So your blog post is a huge pick me up pep talk for me!! Love it! Happy New Year!
Gingi recently posted…My 2015 New Years Resolutions
60% is pretty good! Good luck with your fitness resolutions this year! Happy New Year to you too.
The Good Mama recently posted…5 Reasons to Sign Up for a Toy Subscription Box
And you too!! <3 – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com
Gingi recently posted…My 2015 New Years Resolutions
running rules for some but you can also walk walk walk… i tell you the pounds MELT off that behind! plus you can multi task with a phone – make calls or (if u don’t have a stroller) text and get organized on your iPhone!
nicole recently posted…Remembering 2014
Walking is definitely a great way to stay active. I was a little worried when we moved out of the city that I wouldn’t be walking as much, but there are still plenty of places to walk. Happy New Year!
The Good Mama recently posted…The Best Blog Posts, Pins and More of 2014
These are general tips that apply to more than fitness resolutions, Tricia, and I thank you for the idea. Thinking about how “spice it up” and ” enlist help” would affect my resolutions brings them into focus in a new way.
I’m focusing on being peaceful and bringing more peace into the world in 2015. It’s a spiritual fitness goal, I guess. But how could I spice that up? I think maybe trying a different prayer approach at some point? Or I could try “enlisting help” by talking about things that are creating discord with someone different than my usual confidantes.
I like this.
I might even get in better physical shape, too!
I love your resolution, Ann Marie. That’s probably a resolution everyone should make. I think there are a lot of different ways to be more peaceful and bring more peace into the world. So, whether that means saying a lot of different prayers, focus on having a positive attitude or providing service to others there are plenty of ways to “spice it up.” I hope you have a Happy New Year!
The Good Mama recently posted…The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe Ever
These are some great tips. Thanks for the inspiration. I have the hardest time with changing my mindset.
firstname.lastname@example.org recently posted…The Best Blog Posts of 2014
Specific goals are so important to actually achieving them. My husband recently talked about running a 5K. I guess I should sign up with him to increase my motivation for running.
Nicci recently posted…Kid Friendly Christmas Decorating Tips
You should definitely sign up, Nicci! 5ks are a lot of fun. If you haven’t run before the Couch to 5K program is great!
Hi Tricia – really glad to have you in the new Ravishing Writers group! Love this post – I wrote about that 8% statistic too. Unreal!
lindsay b recently posted…Easy Clean Corn and Avocado Salad – 21 Day Fix Approved!
These are GREAT tips! And I think they apply to any goal you set, even if it isn’t fitness-related. I have a lot of blogging goals this year and I’ve been feeling this pressure to get everything done in the first few days of the year while my motivation is still high. Instead, I need to break those down into smaller, shorter-term goals and realize that it doesn’t all have to happen immediately. Thanks!!
Lauren recently posted…My Guaranteed to Happen Predictions for 2015
Lauren, thank you. I think they could apply to other goals in life too. I’m looking forward to seeing you accomplish your goals this year. Yeah for 1500 subscribers!
Love it! 2015 is my year to get back into running! I will hopefully be running a marathon in November!
Michelle recently posted…Happy New Year
Yes! That would be awesome, Michelle! I look forward to reading about it.
Excellent tips! I find that if I make only 2 or 3 really solid, realistic resolutions I am able to focus better. It’s easy to get carried away when you’re inspired and think you can fix all your “problems”. I am resolving to eat more veggies this year and start doing yoga one night/day a week. Having a FitBit (like a jawbone up and strata combo) has already helped me get more active. My family has challenge days/weekends to see who can get the most steps in a certain time period. It’s great having a community to help you stay focused!
These are terrific tips Tricia, good sense! I love the one on signing up for a race every three months, a great solution to keep the momentum!
Peggy Gilbey McMackin recently posted…Beef Tenderloin, Leeks, Mushrooms, Artichokes
I re-visited this because I’ve faltered a bit – thanks for the great tips. I am scheduling myself now for 3 workouts this week!
Kristen recently posted…7 Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
Great post, today I completed my 47th day of P90X3 and I started the program not only just to lose weight but to increase my mental power. I have to say writing and setting goals is a crucial part to sticking with my objective. I haven’t missed one day however I have had some cheat days but I worked my ass off and burned a lot more than i consumed. Keep up the great work!
Isaac Duenas recently posted…5 simple things you can do to stop wasting time and increase productivity