January is the month of resolutions. As another year begins, the gym is filled with men and women determined to lose weight, get a sixpack, or stay fit. Although this tradition is widely popular–45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions–only 8% are successful.
Even the most noble of resolutions, whether it be self-improvement or financial ambitions, can fade away after the excitement of a new year dwindles. However the issue isn’t in the goal itself, but the planning and enforcement to achieve it. To keep from losing motivation, follow these tips:
One step at a time.
It’s easy enough to tell yourself you’re going to lose 20 pounds or eat healthier. To accomplish this, however, break up your goal into smaller parts. For example, go to the gym every Monday and run on the treadmill for 30 minutes. Make it a priority to eat a fruit and vegetable with every meal, and so on. Taking smaller steps will help you reach your ultimate goal easier.
Recruit support from family and friends.
When it’s hard to motivate yourself to slip on those running sneakers or put down that chocolate cupcake, ask close friends or family to step in and help. Their encouragement (or chiding) can go a long way. You can even invite them to hit the gym with you, or ask them to text you at a certain time in order to remind and inspire you.
Reward yourself for partial successes.
Along with taking smaller steps towards your resolution, don’t be afraid to allow yourself small pleasures that won’t ruin your hard work. This will help you feel better about your efforts, and motivate you to do it again. Just beware of ‘rewarding’ yourself too much, and succumbing to whatever temptation you’re facing (like sweets or skipping the gym).
Written by Madison Correiro