Every New Year’s Eve you make the same vow: “this is the year I’m going to get into shape.” You buy a gym membership and kick off the year intensely dedicated to your new workout routine. But, as the year progresses, you find yourself heading to the gym less and less often. Discouraged with your lack of progress, you give up going altogether. Does this sound familiar? You’re not alone. Many people have a hard time sticking to their New Year’s promises.
Here are some ways to be successful at keeping your 2015 New Year’s Resolution(s) from Jennifer Smith, a member of the Prevention and Wellness program at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center:
– Be realistic. Resolving to look like a movie star or model is a tall order and one most of us could never reach. Stick with a promise that’s within reason, such as working out and eating right.
– Avoid repeat resolutions. If you resolve to lose 30 pounds every year and fail every year,
try changing your approach. For instance, instead of going on a fad diet, vow to go for a daily walk or cut out eating right before bed.
– Plan ahead. Describe your goals and list specific things you can do to meet those goals.
– Enlist some help. Ask friends and family to support you and remind you of the goal you are trying to achieve. Sometimes you just may need expert help. For example, if your goal is to work out more often, a personal trainer can greatly increase your chance at success. St. Mary’s offers personalized Health Coaching to help you to reach your goals. For more information call 777-8898.
– Don’t overpromise! If you make too many resolutions they will be hard to keep. Make just a few and really put your mind to keeping those! One small step at a time!
– Reward yourself. If you vow to lose weight and you lose five pounds in the first 2 months, buy some new clothes to fit your shrinking figure. Do not reward yourself with an ice cream sundae or you’ll sabotage your progress.
– Mix it up! If your goal is to get fit, try a variety of physical activities so you don’t get bored. In the winter, hit the pool with a water aerobics class. In the spring, try yoga. The summer is a great time to hike, and kick it up a notch in the fall with salsa dancing!
Jennifer Smith is a member of the Prevention and Wellness program at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. She holds a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion, a bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine with a concentration in nutrition and a minor in education, and is a nationally certified personal trainer, group exercise instructor, speed coach, and tobacco cessation helper.