Welcome back to my blog! I hope the new year has been treating you well. I know I’m beginning to feel refreshed and almost like a new human being after just a month of 2017. I hope the resolutions are still coming along! But… if they are not, let me help you out.
Many people start to drop their resolutions by the time February hits and I don’t blame them, but if you can push through February, the resolution has a high potential of becoming a habit! But common rules stated by the media are rarely true. According to Lally (2009), the average days a certain activity became a habit for the 96 participants was found to be 18-254 days, but this does not work for everyone. Do not be disappointed in yourself if your resolution takes you weeks, months, or even a few years. Everyone is different.
I am not sure what stopped you from continuing your resolution whether it be time or money… but I have a few fitness resolution tips and tricks that may motivate you to stay on track!
- Stop focusing on the end goal and focus on the process
- Make yourself a step by step guide that leads to your goal
- Make your resolutions realistic and achievable for you
- Do not compare your progress with everyone else’s, just improve based on your own accomplishments
- Forgive yourself for missing a day, just work harder the next time
- Rest Days are important (I cannot emphasize this enough)
- Plan your schedule ahead of time so that it works around school, and work
- Only workout two times a week if three or more is too difficult
- Consistency throughout a few months is a lot better than one hard month as people tend to stop working out completely… well.. until the next New Year
- if you have a busy schedule, plan out 3 bouts of 10 minute workouts spread out through your day to complete the full 30 minutes of recommended physical activity/Exercise
To summarize, resolutions are difficult to keep up with, but if you allow yourself to make a few mistakes, give yourself realistic goals, and remember to take days off to recover, little steps towards your ideal body, a healthier you will come easily if you stay consistent and motivated. Everything in life is about balance, so work this resolution into your busy life and watch it slowly happen!
Lally, P., van Jaarsveld, C. H. M., Potts, H. W. W., & Wardle, J. (2010). How are habits formed: Modelling habit formation in the real world. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40, 998-1009.