5 Tips For Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

If you are like many people you want to make healthy New Year’s resolutions. In fact, resolutions about health and fitness, diet, or weight loss are among the most popular New Year’s resolutions that people make. Here are 5 important tips to help you out when making your resolutions to help you succeed.

Make is Reasonable

First of all, make sure you don’t overdo it. One of the main reasons that people give up on a new goal is because they soon realize that the goal was unattainable. It’s important that you set a goal that you can achieve. That doesn’t mean that it has to be easy – far from it. It just means it has to be reasonable. Losing 10 pounds in 1 weeks is not reasonable. Losing one pound a week is. Likewise, going from a couch potato to a marathon runner in 30 days is not reasonable. Getting ready for a 5k in 2-3 months may be.

Keep it Healthy

When starting a new routine, whether it is diet or exercise, make sure you keep it healthy. Don’t cut calories in an extreme way to lose weight. Your body will likely drop a lot of weight at first and then go into shock and stop. Don’t start January 1st by running yourself to exhaustion. This is just dangerous. Allow your entire body – muscles and all – to get used to the new form of exercise. Using extremes will not help you in the long run as they are not sustainable. You body needs a good diet to succeed. Your body needs to adapt to new routines and get plenty of rest to recover. Make sure you keep it healthy.

Record Progress

When you set a New Year’s resolution make sure you record it somewhere and track it well. One great way to do this for free is to pick up a free calendar somewhere like a bank, your church, or from another business, then turn it into your goal tracking calendar. Write down you goal for the day or week and mark off your accomplishments. Write notes that will help you to understand what is working and what is not. Goals that get tracked are much more likely to succeed.

Don’t Give Up

If you have set a reasonable goal and you are keeping it healthy and recording your progress, don’t give up. Remember this one fact: you body goes through stages. That means if you start running you may feel a sudden burst of energy in week 2 but feel tired in week 3. If you are losing weight you might drop 4 pounds the first week and none the next week. These peaks and valleys are not uncommon. Don’t let the bad weeks end your effort. Keep pushing and working towards your goal. 

Adapt

You set a goal that you really wanted to achieve. If you are following these steps to make it reasonable, keep it healthy, and track it, you will have to adapt at some point. Don’t be afraid to do this. What this means is that when you set a goal you do your best to set it well, but you may have been too aggressive or too lenient. If you are falling behind, add a few weeks to your target date. If you are ahead, increase your goal if that makes sense and keep pushing. If something comes up in your life that takes you off track for a week, reset and get back on track. You will have to adapt along the way to keep going and ultimately succeed.

Time to Set Your Resolution

Set your resolution now. Remember, make it reasonable, keep it healthy, record your progress, don’t ever give up, and get ready to be adaptable. If you follow these 5 tips for healthy New Year’s resolutions you will succeed.

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