Now that we are halfway through February, a lot of those New Year’s Resolutions may have taken a backseat. Sound like you?? If so, we have some great tips. We are featuring Paige from LearnFit.org, she gives some great ideas about making 2017 your fittest year yet, turning those goals into lifestyle changes. Thanks Paige!!
Don’t Give Up on Your New Year’s Resolutions: How to Create Permanent Healthy Habits
Too many people give up on their New Year’s resolutions after just a few short weeks – sometimes less. Most people make resolutions aiming to improve their health, their well-being, or their lives in the coming year, but sticking with those goals is hard. Here’s how to avoid giving up on your New Year’s resolutions and instead turn them into lifelong healthy habits.
Take Small Steps
Many small, daily actions over time lead to tremendous change. Instead of putting all-or-nothing pressure on yourself, focus on making incremental changes that are easy to implement. Build on them over time, always working towards your goals. In a few months, you’ll be surprised to look back and realize how much you accomplished, even though it seemed like very little at the time.
Focus on a Single Goal
Like trying to go from 0 to 100 in a single second, working towards too many goals at the same time leaves you feeling overwhelmed and unfocused, making it more likely that you’ll throw in the towel. Choose one important goal and make it your focus until you’ve mastered it. Then, move on to a new area of focus.
Work Your Goals into Your Daily Routine
Major lifestyle changes don’t come easy. The better your lifestyle modifications fit into your existing routine, the easier they’ll be to stick to. If getting more exercise or losing weight is on your agenda, find ways to get more physically active in your everyday activities. If you swim regularly, get a fitness belt to ramp up the fitness benefits. If you already take a daily walk, add some ankle weights to the mix. There are many small changes to your everyday tasks that can help you get closer to your goals.
Plan to Succeed
Lack of time is one of the biggest reasons people cite for failing to stick to their New Year’s resolutions. If you feel constantly busy yet never seem to get much accomplished, you need better planning tools. Get a day planner or download an app to better manage your tasks. A calendar is one of the most valuable tools at your disposal; use it to block out time each day to work on your goals. To stay motivated, download a habit-tracker app that keeps you motivated to stick to your goal commitments.
*Post Written by Paige from http://learnfit.org/