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The Solution to your Resolution: Specificity!

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
  • Volunteer to Help Others

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
  • Dance
  • 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.

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