Whatever it is, you can do it and to help, we’ve researched the best way for you to achieve your New Year’s resolution for 2016. Research shows that making goals will give you more motivation and direction in achieving your desired results. Making a plan will give you excitement about the rewards that your goals will eventually yield.
One of the biggest reasons why New Year’s resolutions fail is because of unrealistic results and expectations in a short amount of time. According to research, 77% of Americans make resolutions and after six months, only 40% of those people have continued their resolution. It’s no secret that the hardest part of a resolution is sticking to your plan each and every day. Consistency is key.
How to set realistic goals
One of the most helpful tips when making a resolution is making obtainable goals. Knowing what you physically can do and can’t do is important. Setting manageable goals where you’ll be challenged but not discouraged is paramount. Keeping a steady, consistent pace with your plan is more important than trying to lose 30 pounds in the first 3 weeks.
Rethink your diet
Try to keep your home or apartment stocked with only healthy foods. If you don’t have junk food in your home, you won’t be able binge eat late at night or snack when you get that craving. Instead, you’ll be eating celery, fruits, and protein such as chicken or fish. Making an effort to eat more fruits and vegetables is much more manageable than saying “I’m going to lose 20 pounds”!
Be patient, results won’t happen overnight
Patience and consistency are the two most important aspects when making a New Year’s resolution. It’s important that you take it one week a time. You’ll find more success if you make little goals such as, “I’m going to the gym on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of this week”; as opposed to “I’m going to the gym 3 times this week”. Being specific with your goals helps increase the progress of your workout plan.
NOW GO AND MAKE IT HAPPEN!
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