I am a self-proclaimed expert on New Year’s resolutions
(NYR). Every January new clients come to me with ambitious goals, ready to
start the New Year off right. My job is to help them define their goals, so
they have a better chance of reaching them. Unfortunately, only about 8% of
Americans actually achieve their NYR…My clients must make up most of that 8%.
;) The key to success is specificity! You need a clear vision of what your goals are in order to see results, right?
According to the U.S. government, these are the top TRIED and FAILED resolutions:
- Get a Better Education
- Get a Better Job
- Get Fit
- Lose Weight
- Drink Less Alcohol
- Manage Debt
- Manage Stress
- Quit Smoking Now
- Save Money
- Take a Trip
Notice what these goals are lacking? Specificity!
Check out the “Mind Body Fitness approved” list of resolutions
below. All of them support a healthy lifestyle and will get you one step closer
to being fit. Just making a few small (but specific) changes can help you see big results!
Skip dessert on weeknights
Take the stairs
Try a new fitness class each month
Sign up for a race
Do 10 push-ups before you go to bed, and 10 in the morning when you wake up
Eat dinner without a screen in front of you
Play outside with the kids at least once a week
Walk or ride a bike instead of driving
Buy a pair of dumbbells (and use them)
If it has ingredients in it you cannot pronounce don't eat it
Hire a trainer
Try a new fruit or veggie once a month
Skip processed grains completely
Chose an active vacation - hiking, yoga, skiing
Find a workout buddy and set weekly dates
*Break a sweat MOST days of the week!! If you chose any of these let it be this
one! All the major health organizations suggest moderate physical activity for
30 minutes MOST days of the week to maintain health.
For more on setting specific goals check out my blog post
on S.M.A.R.T. goal setting.