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The not so New Years resolutions

The not so New Years resolutions

Have you come up with your New Years Resolutions yet? Well before you start your list take a minute to think about short term goals instead of resolutions to bigger problems. According to a study from the Statistic Brain Research Institute, roughly 42% of Americans made New Year’s resolutions for 2017.The most common resolution — made by almost a quarter of every person making one — involves increasing fitness and activity. As people look down at their waistlines after the holiday season, there is a strong desire to get active and lose those extra few lbs. The study also found that of those who made resolutions, 37% of people in their 20s and 16% of those over 50 were successful, meaning they met their objectives. Combined, fewer than half of all New Year’s resolutions were successful six months out. So instead of getting these big Resolutions in your head, why not start out with a few short term healthy goals.

Making a resolution of going to the gym 6 days a week might last a few weeks but its not a good long term goal. So lets start with a SMART way of thinking about goals. Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. If you are not currently exercising then try starting out with twice a week for 2 weeks and then increase after 3 weeks once your soreness wears off and your body adapts to change. You are more likely to stick with your exercise routine if you don’t shock your body in the beginning. If you are eating a lot of carbohydrates, maybe start limiting processed carbs first instead of quiting cold turkey. Your body will like you more if you ease into something rather than diving in head first. 

Need to find a fun way to work out and keep yourself accountable?

-Grab a friend

-Join a group fitness class

-Find a running group

-Hire a personal trainer who is waiting on you every time you schedule your workout.

Want to change your diet?

-start with whole foods

-cook dinner every night at home

-sit down to eat

-take time to meal prep and grocery shop

Getting in shape, eating healthy, and losing weight can be a daunting task but making SMART goals and keeping them from week to week can help get you where you need to be in 2018.