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3 Ways to Stay on Track with New Year Resolutions

Posted by Drew Mandish on

Happy New Year

The calendar pages turn over again to a brand new year. The weight – literally – of holidays past lies heavy on you. What to do? Make a resolution? The New Year’s resolution is as predictable as it is breakable. The problem with resolutions, of course, is that most of us tend to make them and not keep them. Perhaps the problem has less to do with willpower and more to do with structuring our daily routines to include the resolutions. We make time for what we value.

Start small.

If you insist on making a resolution then at least start small. Many of us make grand resolutions. Instead of “I’m going to lose 10 pounds!” try smaller actions, like “I’m going to park in the last parking space today to increase my walking,” or “I will choose the apple over the cupcake.” Those little action steps add up into significant habit changes.

Go digital.

“There’s an app for that” was a marketing slogan for smart phones years ago, but the sentiment is still true today. If you need help with something in your life, like say keeping New Year’s Resolutions, there’s an app for that. There are scheduling apps to help you make time for fit activities, fitness apps for suggesting and tracking workouts, recipe apps for selecting and preparing snacks and meals, and so many more.

Don’t make any.

The issue may not be knowledge of how to do what you believe is important for a healthy lifestyle. The issue may be timing, or not listening to what others say you should do, or being adequately internally motivated, or a host of other roadblocks. If you find yourself unable to set goals and attain them then it may be a season to think more deeply about what really is important to you and go from there. As always, consult with your health care providers about any significant changes to your healthy living routines. staff want to wish you a Happy New Year!

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