What is a Resolution?

What is a resolution?

A firm decision to do or not to do something

We all know how hard that can be! Our emotions really hinge on whether we are able to stand firm to stick to a resolution, we must re-confirm our resolve every day in order for the habit to stick. So here is a New Year's resolution anyone can keep: resolve not to make any... 

If you're trying to quit smoking, shed a few pounds, exercise more, drink more water, abandoning New Year's resolutions won't get you off the hook.  By setting more realistic goals for yourself and not limiting yourself to a once-a-year, do or die, all out assault on those flabby thighs, you may find that the finish line isn't so far away after all.  

Or as the Rolling Stones put it "you can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might get what you need."

So when the holiday decorations are packed up and stored away, the frustration of an unused gym membership or other reminders of failed resolutions can make the later winter months feel hopeless.

However, it is important to remember that New Years isn't meant to serve as a catalyst for sweeping character changes.  It is time for people to reflect on their past year's behavior and promise to make positive lifestyle changes.  Setting small, attainable goals throughout the year, instead of a singular, overwhelming goal on January 1st. can help you reach whatever it is you strive for. Recognizing that a lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time.

By making your resolutions realistic, there is a greater chance that you will keep them throughout the year,incorporating healthy behavior into your everyday life.  Here are some tips when thinking about a New Year's resolution.

START SMALL

Make resolutions that you think you can keep, if for example, your aim is to exercise more frequently, schedule three or four days a week at the studio instead of seven.  If you would like to eat healthier, try replacing dessert with something else you enjoy, like fruit or yogurt, instead of seeing your choices as a form of punishment.

CHANGE ONE BEHAVIOR AT A TIME

Unhealthy behaviors develop over the course of time. Thus, replacing unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones requires  time. Don't get overwhelmed and think that you  have to reassess everything in your life. Instead, work toward changing one thing at a time.

DON'T  BEAT YOURSELF UP

Perfection is unattainable.  Remember that minor missteps when reaching your goals are completely normal and OK.  Don't give up completely because you ate a brownie and broke your diet, or skipped the gym for a week because you were busy.  Everyone has ups and downs; resolve to recover from  your mistakes and get back on track.