Around one in five people do make a health or beauty New Year’s resolution. Nearly half of us resolves to lose weight and over 30% wants to improve their diet. Unfortunately, whilst we may start the new year with the best intentions of sticking to those health resolutions, more than a third of them don’t even make it beyond January!
Did you know that the so-called “Fail Friday” falls on the 3rd week of January? That’s because it is thought to be the date many people ditch their resolutions. So how to make those resolutions stick? Read our tips!
- Be Realistic
There’s no point resolving to go to the gym every day if your nearest gym is far away or if you already struggle to walk 10 minutes instead of taking the bus! Your resolution should be realistic and fit with your lifestyle. Set specific and achievable goals, which are supported by convenience. The more specific you are the better! For example, you can brake down your goals into small steps like “I want to eat fruit & veg every day” rather than “I want to eat healthy food this year”.
- Make it Fun
Sometimes paring healthy habits with other enjoyable activities can help you in sticking with them. For example, you can go for a run while listening to your favourite podcast! Or you can share your healthy resolution with a friend, so you can have fun together while doing a healthy activity!
- Be Patient
The result of a healthy lifestyle is not always instant! People often give up on their resolutions because they don’t see instant results. We need to be mindful that it can take three months to see the result of changes in diet or exercise.
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Make a date with yourself in your calendar and don’t cancel! You can also chart your progress as you go with a journal or photos. When you start seeing the first results, that will motivate you! And once again, set yourself small goals to keep progress slow but steady!
And finally, your new resolutions have to be changes you really want to make! That’s the most important thing if you want to make your health resolutions stick beyond January!