Have you set your New Year’s resolutions yet? Marketing research notes that health and fitness are the most popular New Year’s Resolutions … with weight loss ranking highest, followed by healthier food choices, then getting fit.
Set Realistic Goals, Take Small Steps
Now with hectic holidays over, holiday treats all gone, and a resolve for a new year (and perhaps a “new you”), now’s a great time to take sensible steps to ensure your health and fitness. To improve your chances of year-long success, establish an action plan that’s realistic, pleasurable, and matched to your own needs and lifestyle:
- Set realistic goals, not resolutions. All too often, people set themselves up for failure. Extreme goals – perhaps to lose 40 pounds by swim suit season – are likely unrealistic for most of us.
- Break bigger goals into smaller, specific goals. For example, “eating healthier” and “getting more exercise” are bigger goals. More specific goals are more realistic: “eating more vegetables” or “walking 30 minutes daily.”
- Identify small steps (or changes) to action smaller goals. “Eating a salad with your dinner” or “walking 15 minutes during your lunch break” are small steps to help you achieve your goals. Choose steps that fit your lifestyle, ability, and willingness. These examples can help you think about your own action steps!
|Bigger, Yet Realistic Goals||Smaller, Specific Goals||Small, Do-Able Steps|
|Eat healthier.||Eat more vegetables.||
|Give your meals a fiber boost.||
|Lose 10 pounds.||Lose two pounds this month.||
|Be more physically active||Fit in 30 minutes of physical activity daily.||
- Take it one step at a time. Remember that small steps add up – and they’re easier to do.
- Stick with it. If you stray from your goals, that’s okay … just start again. There’s no reason to dump your plan or feel like you’ve failed.
- Check in. Every week or so, evaluate your progress. Adjust your plan if you need to. Think of new and do-able steps you might take once you’ve mastered others.
- Recognize your success. And enjoy how good it feels!
Have a happy, healthy 2017!
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