New Year, New YOU! How busy people stay true to their health-related New Year resolutions

Before you make some lofty New Years’ resolution this year, let’s take a look at the success rate of most.  Only a measly 8% of people will succeed in their New Years’ resolutions.  By February, sources say, that 80% of you will have given up on them.  Why?  Let’s take a deeper look.

A resolution is something that needs to be RESOLVED within yourself.  For example, using your willpower to resolve not to get angry at rude drivers.  But, unlike this example, most people decide to add something to their busy schedule that can’t be modified.  If you resolve to get healthier, and you are going to do that by going to the gym three times a week, when it doesn’t happen for one full week most give up and say that the goal is unattainable.  Below are a few common scenarios and tips for how to stay on track your health-related goals.

Preparedness and flexibility is the key.

If you resolve to get healthier in a variety of ways, you will have more of a chance of meeting your goals.  Let’s say you have a long meeting on Thursday that does not allow you to have a normal lunch break.  Lunch was supposed to be a salad at the new deli place down the street that you’ve been looking forward to visiting.

It would also give you time to get out and take a walk.  Maybe you can bring an exciting salad that day with veggies you are not used to eating such as peppers, grilled onions, and some beautiful olives you picked up at the olive bar.  Instead of drowning it in Blue Cheese dressing, you opt for a drizzle of olive or sesame oil and a sprinkling of Himalayan sea salt. Then, a little later in the day, you get out for that walk you wanted.  This is a great compromise.


Make small changes 

Let’s look at an opposite scenario—your boss invites your whole team out to lunch to celebrate 10 years of business success.  He wants to go to a burger bar where ordering a salad is not impossible, but definitely not advised.  Can you make it to the gym before work that day, in anticipation of your large lunch?

If not, pack your gym gear and have it ready in your car to stop by and run on the treadmill directly after work.  It’s easiest to make this happen if you are prepared.

One thing your bag should not be without is a reliable pair of leggings!  These can be long or short, but they MUST be in your bag!  Add a sports bra and a top, some socks, and your sneakers and you are ready to work out in a pinch.

An alternate suggestion if you have your own office–you can close the door and do a quick yoga video prior to your lunch meeting.  If you can find 20-30 minutes, that is all you need to stay on task.

Set attainable goals that are flexible in order to make long-lasting life changes.


Tell us what are some of your goals for the New Year?

April Laliberte

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