How to stick to your health resolutions this year
It’s that time of year again—resolution season.
As we all know, it can be tough to stick to resolutions, especially wellness goals. Whether you are looking to lose weight, be more active, get stronger, or simply feel healthier this year, we want to make that journey easier for you.
Here are some of our top ideas to help you create habits that last.
Ask someone to keep you accountable
Goals are always more manageable when you’re working toward them with someone else. This year identify a person in your life who would be comfortable keeping you accountable to your resolutions. Then, fill them in on your plan and discuss how they can help you stay on track. Your buddy could be a friend who helps by joining your workouts, or a partner who shares the load by cooking healthy meals. Invite your loved ones to be part of your team and together you can determine a strategy that works for you.
Keep the house stocked with healthy natural foods
When there is nothing in the fridge, it can be tempting to surrender to cravings. But if you keep the cupboards stocked with healthy snack options, you’ll be much less likely to stray from your diet. To ensure that you feel full longer, be sure to select foods that contain whole grains and good fats. And of course, make sure your fridge is full of plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Set reasonable goals
At this time of year, it can be tempting to make bold, ambitious plans for your health. But if you create goals that are not realistic for your life, you’re just setting yourself up for disappointment. Establish resolutions that you can reasonably achieve this year. They can still be ambitious, but you should ensure that they are possible within the limits of your schedule and your lifestyle.
Measure your progress
Keeping track of the progress you’re making can help you stay motivated—especially when you’re tempted to throw in the towel. Once you’ve set your wellness goals, determine the best way to measure your success and track it on a chart. Then, keep your tracker somewhere handy—like on the fridge—so you have a visible reminder of your progress.
Integrate activity into your routine
It’s not always easy to fit regular exercise into our busy lives. However, on days where you can’t fit in a full workout, there are plenty of other ways to add small amounts of activity into your routine. If you need to take a trip to the store, walk it instead of driving. If you’re spending time with your kids, make it an active outdoor game. There are countless ways to get your body moving throughout the day without hitting the gym.
Remember your why
Whenever you’re feeling like giving up, stay motivated by reminding yourself why you’re doing it. If you’re considering skipping your workout or giving up your healthy diet, take a moment to remember what led you to create those goals in the first place. That moment of reflection might be exactly what you need to get back on track.