According to research, of the 45 percent of Americans who usually make resolutions for the New Year, only 8 percent achieve their resolutions to completion. The percentage of people who never even partially achieve their resolutions is a whopping 24 percent.
Why Do New Year’s Resolutions Fail?
With stats like those, why make New Year’s resolutions? We think setting goals is important for improving your health, but the process of resolution-setting needs a major overhaul.
Before we dive into successfully reaching your goals, here’s why New Year’s resolutions fail.
1. They’re unrealistic and too aggressive.
You’re feeling guilty about indulging too much over the holidays, so now you vow to lose 20 pounds at the first of the year. Or maybe you decide to run a marathon in February, but you haven’t gone for a jog in months.
This is the biggest problem with New Year’s resolutions. They’re often not attainable. So you fail, and then you give you on your health goals altogether.
2. You lack adequate support.
The key to obtaining any objective is support. The support of a friend, family member, coworker — anyone who’s willing and able to hold you accountable.
3. They’re too vague.
All too often, people make resolutions like “get healthy,” “lose weight,” or “get organized.” Those are all respectable goals, but without detailing the smaller steps toward such resolutions, you’ll never attain them.
What’s A Good Alternative?
This year, instead of making a list of vague, aggressive resolutions, start a New Year’s revolution in your life by making real lifestyle changes. Here’s how:
1. Start small.
If you’ve got 20 pounds to lose, break that goal down into smaller numbers. For example, work to lose 5 pounds a month. Instead of trying different fad diets and starving yourself, start by cutting out fried foods.
2. Be realistic.
Set goals that make sense for your life. If you’ve got 3 small children, for example, it might not be feasible to exercise an hour each day. Attempting something like this will only leave you discouraged when you realize it isn’t possible. Instead, aim for 15-30 minute workouts 3 times a week.
3. Find an accountability partner.
Whether it’s a friend or family member, reach out to someone you know will help you stay on track with your fitness goals. If possible, set up exercise “dates” with this person. You’re less likely to skip a workout if someone’s waiting on you.
If you’re in need of some encouragement for the New Year, reach out to the health experts at Matrix Age Management. Discover a new way to age, and feel good today.