So here we are again, fast approaching the thought of the New Year and asking ourselves, “What will be my New Year’s resolution? How can I achieve it and stick to it?” Wouldn’t it be nice to set a goal for yourself and actually DO IT?
According to health.com, one in 3 Americans resolves to better themselves in some way by setting a New Year’s resolution. But 75% of people stick to their goals for ONLY one week, and only 46% are still on target 6 months later.
To increase your chances for success, here are a few pointers:
First, be specific with your goal. Example….. I want to become more fit, so I need to come to the wellness center 3 times a week. If you can’t make it one day, make it up another. Remember, 95% of working out is SHOWING UP. Attend fitness classes, get help from a personal trainer, or find a workout partner to hold you accountable. Make exercise a priority and adjust your schedule as needed.
Second, set a date or a time to achieve your goal. Example…. I will stick to my schedule for three months. If you don’t have a time period established to meet your goal, chances are that you won’t ever reach it. You need a point in time to assess your progress and to set new goals. Otherwise, how will you know what you’ve accomplished?
Finally, stay focused. If you just stick to your goal, you will see results. Write down your workouts and keep them posted somewhere so you can track your success. Be accountable to yourself and others. You can do it! Good luck!
By: Sue Walter, AEA Aquatics Instructor at Valley Health Wellness & Fitness Center
How the Right Moves Inspire Positive Feelings; American Fitness Magazine; Jan/Feb 2013 edition; pg. 5.
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