3 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

scaleThe New Year’s resolutions about getting in shape and eating right get all the press, and it’s not hard to understand why. Each year 45% of Americans resolve to improve their lifestyles for the New Year. The top resolutions are to lose weight, get organized, save money, and get fit. But the underlying theme of 2014 isn’t just hitting the gym, but improving your overall quality of life. Only 8% of people who make New Year’s resolutions follow through; of those who don’t, most quit within a week. Whether your resolution is getting fit, eating healthy food, improving your indoor air quality, or drinking more water, here are 3 tips to help you stay on track for 2014.

  1. Set realistic, specific goals. Abstract resolutions like “lose weight” rarely find traction. Don’t resolve to get healthy; instead commit to “get healthy by . . .” Follow a fitness plan, invest in a water purifier, and write down a specific commitment to motivate you throughout the year. Make sure your New Year’s resolution is an attainable goal. Nothing undermines a healthy lifestyle faster than getting discouraged about your results.
  2. Set short-term goals. Most people are motivated by successes. Instead of throwing yourself into a new lifestyle, set realistic short-term goals. Give up an unhealthy food each week, drink half your weight in water every day, and find an exercise routine that’s enjoyable. Keep track of your progress and take pride in the daily successes. They build-up fast.
  3. Don’t quit because you quit. It’s easy to get discouraged if you fall down on your fitness routine, but even fitness professionals have off weeks. If you find yourself eating unhealthy snacks, forgetting your fitness, or fudging your results, take the day off. Refocus on your goals and start fresh. Getting healthy depends on lifestyle changes, not new diets and fad fitness.

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