Psychologists have found we're more likely to succeed if we break our goals into smaller goals that are specific, measurable and time-based.
Here are five New Year’s resolutions to avoid…
- This year I can’t/won’t eat [insert food here]
It will be difficult to turn this resolution into a reality. Rather than focusing on what you can’t eat, why not focus on what you do eat. Keeping a food journal is a great way to make yourself accountable for what goes into your mouth and encourage healthy eating.
- I am going to lose 20 pounds
The bathroom scales say nothing about your health. Instead of focusing on the number, put your time and energy into healthy behavior. Improve your diet, move more often and get a good night’s rest. This will improve your health and the way you feel. You may lose some weight but more importantly, you will feel amazing.
- I am going to work out every single day
Rather than burning yourself out in the first two weeks and doing nothing for the remainder of the month, focus on making small sustainable changes, one at a time, and build on your achievements. If you work out at the gym for one hour this week, strive for two or three sessions the following week. If you are starting out on your fitness journey, check out the SMART START guide to make sure you’re set up for success.
- Setting unrealistic goals.
Be realistic about your life and articulate goals that you can live with and achieve. For example, if your goal is to run a marathon, it is unrealistic to sign up for one next month if you can’t even run to the end of the street and back. Perhaps look at a half marathon later in the year giving yourself plenty of time to train sensibly.
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