5 Tips for Navigating New Year’s Resolutions

The beginning of the new year is full of promise. What better time to get to a healthier place? But before you create a long list of ‘resolutions’, let’s take a look at five things you should keep in mind to ensure your success.

1. Think SMALL

The smaller and more detailed you can be, the better! Creating resolutions that require big changes are always tougher to measure and often harder to achieve.

Of course, you can have an ultimate 2015 goal of eliminating sugar from your diet and working out 6 days a week, but it’s better to break these big goals into smaller ones and work your way up.

For example, if you want to workout more, start with a specific number of days at the gym you KNOW you can achieve. Maybe it’s two days per week in January, and then three days a week in February.

Thinking small gives you a better opportunity for success in the short term which will lead to success in the long run!

2. EASE into your resolutions

If you’ve been exercising less, drinking more, and eating desserts like it’s your job, you may need to take your time and ease into your new way of life. Going cold turkey is tough and, most likely, will not produce the best result.

Ease into your resolutions schedule

  • January = Warm-up month: Clean out the cupboards. Restock with healthier options. Get into the gym and talk to a personal trainer.  
  • February = Start plan: Your January base line is now instilled and it’s time to start on your plan.
  • March = Check in: How are your goals doing? What expectations need adjustments

By March 31, you should be well on your way to a new lifestyle and achieving your ultimate goals!

3. Go PUBLIC

Make your resolutions known. Going public with your resolutions will keep you accountable. Find a trusty accountability partner that can help you stay honest, but without judgment. 

It’s important we do not beat ourselves up for small slip ups, but think about the trigger and make a plan for next time. One slip up is easy to overcome; but negative self talk might cause you to continue to ‘slip up’ and start again on Monday with a much bigger deficit.

4. Phone a FRIEND

If at all possible, find at least one person that’s working towards the same goal in 2015 and make a pact to do it together. Talking about your struggles with someone who’s trying to do the same as you will help.

Try scheduling a gym session with a buddy, it will help you commit to an exercise. Even better, if you can find a group of folks that you enjoy working out with (even for a few weeks), you just might find you’ll enjoy the activity more, which will help you make a healthier ‘mind-body’ connection to the new habit.

5. RETHINK your goal

Weight loss is such a tough ‘resolution’ for so many reasons. It’s rarely quick, and because of that, we don’t necessarily see the reward of our actions quickly enough. Then, the risk becomes that the reward of skipping a work out or eating the cookie has a bigger pull than the potential pay off that might be farther in the future.

We’d like to challenge you to rethink your weight loss goal and alter it to include smaller, tangible goals that you have control over. If you can add a physical goal like the number of push ups you can do or how far you can walk in 10 minutes, you can easily ‘retest’ yourself and notice change quicker.

Seeing the work pay off immediately can lead to better choices that will, undoubtedly, send you down the right path towards your ultimate goal of weight loss.

Stay tuned

Next week, we’ll be providing an easy to follow fitness test that can serve as your physical goal. Eight quick exercises you can do in 15 minutes or less; get a score and repeat as necessary! We are focused on helping you get to a healthier place this year. Here’s to #AFit15.We’ll see you next week!

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Shannon Fable, 2013 IDEA and 2006 ACE Instructor of the Year, is the VP of Fitness Programming for the FIT4MOM® franchise. For more than two decades, she has helped impressive brands such as Anytime Fitness, Schwinn®, Power Systems, ACE, Silver Sneakers, and BOSU® as a fitness business and programming consultant. An experienced educator, freelance writer, and certified Book Yourself Solid® Business Coach, she helps fitness entrepreneurs navigate the industry and make more money. Fable serves as Vice Chair of the ACE Board of Directors and is the founder and co-owner of GroupEx PRO®, a cloud-based group fitness management tool.