Did you know that the majority of New Year’s resolutions are broken or given up on altogether by the end of January? Studies show only 8 percent of people who set resolutions successfully keep them.
Only 8 percent of people who set resolutions successfully keep them
Many individuals have a “go big, or go home” mentality when it comes to resolutions, which often results in unattainable goals. People may set out to lose a large amount of weight, begin a tough work out regimen, or cut out sweet treats completely. While the intention behind these goals is good, creating such drastic changes can often lead to failure and frustration.
Instead, try making a new, healthy resolution for 2021 that integrates small healthy changes into your life that you will be able to keep all year long:
Be more active
Instead of making a resolution of “going to the gym every day,” try something more generic such as simply being more active each day. You’ll be more likely to be successful in reaching your fitness goals. You can start by making small changes including parking further away from the door at the grocery store, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Kick things up a notch by adding an extra 20 minutes to your workout, or adding two more reps to your weightlifting schedule. This resolution is very open ended, and will be easier to keep.
Eat more healthy foods
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but sometimes you’re really craving a big bowl of fettuccine alfredo.
Adjusting your diet by making simple, healthy substitutions can help keep your waistline in check. If you’re a carb craver, try switching to whole grains and add a side salad to your meal. Switch out red meat with a lean protein alternative at least once a week. Snack time? Try reaching for some veggies or mixed nuts instead of chips if you’re craving something with a bit of a crunch. Craving something sweet? Add your favorite fruit to some vanilla Greek yogurt to help satisfy that craving. Keep your kitchen stocked with healthy options, and you’ll find yourself reaching for the junk food less often. Find more ideas for healthy swaps here.
In addition to making substitutions with your diet, try increasing your water intake. We often confuse thirst with hunger and drinking more water helps the body flush out unwanted toxins.
Take time to relax and relieve stress
While a little stress now and then won’t kill you, chronic stress can do serious damage to your health. This year, make a resolution to take some time for yourself to relax and relieve stress. First, use your vacation days – don’t let them go to waste. Take some personal days to spend time with your family or friends, go on a vacation, or just take a mental health day. Many people will focus on their hobbies, an athletic activity, or spending time outdoors to help them relax. Find what works for you and carve some time out of your schedule for relaxation. Your mind, and body, will thank you.
These goals are designed to be accomplishable and not overwhelming. Here are a few additional tips to help keep yourself accountable and help you achieve your New Year’s Resolutions in 2021:
- Talk to your family and friends about your goals for the New Year – not only does this keep you accountable, but it also gives you a support system. Better yet, get your family involved and make a resolution as a group.
- Track your progress – write in a journal, share an update on social media, whatever works for you.
- Be patient – change doesn’t happen overnight but stay determined and keep working toward a healthier you
Cheers to a happy, and healthy, 2021!