It’s that time of year again! We are always so excited to ring in the New Year. New Year’s resolutions are a tradition, given to us almost like a second chance to self-improve. Did you know, based on 2015’s New Year resolution statistics, about 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions and only 8% of those Americans are successful in achieving them?
We make resolutions to become a much nicer, healthier, and more successful individual. This gives us the opportunity to reach new goals, try new things, create opportunities, and invest in a higher quality of healthy living. Creating resolutions to increase the quality of your health and life require you to think not just about what you are eating, but of all of the other aspects of your life as well. This includes emotional, mental, and physical health.
Making attainable goals is key to becoming successful in your New Year’s endeavors. Always be specific. Do not give yourself wiggle room to make excuses or cheat. Goals are meant to help you, not frustrate you! Create an idea, start small, and gradually increase as you become more successful.
Incorporate these tips to help you become a healthier, more successful version of you.
- Buddy up with someone who has the same or similar goals in mind. Hold each other accountable, and do not let your partner fail. Be the best coach you can be for one another.
- Believe in yourself. Remind yourself every day how strong and amazing you are. The mind is very powerful. Wake up every day with a positive affirmation. For example, “Today is the most perfect day to have a perfect day. I am kind, generous, thoughtful, loving, and strong, but most of all, amazing.”
- When creating weight loss goals, start small. Make it a goal to lose 1-2 pounds per week. This way, you are not stressing if you happened to miss a gym day or had a bad meal.
- Make healthier food choices when it comes to your nutrition and dietary intake. Again, think baby steps. Replace fried foods with grilled or baked options, and add vegetables to at least two meals per day, instead of sauces and creams.
- The most important thing your body needs to function properly and effectively is water. I cannot stress this enough. Studies show that at least 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Water is important for energy, detoxification and cleansing by removing toxins from the body, metabolism, digestion, pH balance, body temperature, proper organ function, lubricating joints and cartilage, promoting healthy muscle function, and transportation of valuable nutrients. Make it a goal to drink at least 80-100 ounces of water (women) or 90-110 ounces of water (men) every day.
- Exercise. Your body needs to and is meant to move. If you are new to exercise, make it a goal to get to the gym at least twice per week, for 45-60 minutes each session. Increase gradually.