Did you make a New Year’s Resolution?
Did you promise to take better care of yourself, eat more healthily, get fit or exercise more?
Most resolutions are health based but about now most people give up!
A 2015 poll by BUPA found that 63% of people failed to keep their resolution, with 43% of those lasting less than a month.
The most common reasons for failure were:
- Loss of motivation/interest
- No plan
- Had a setback then did not continue
- Insufficient time
- Insufficient support
- Insufficient information on achieving their goal
New Year is a time to reflect on the past years habits and make a promise to yourself to implement positive lifestyle changes.
So don’t be a quitter!
Here are my Top 10 Tips how to Stick to your Resolution:
- Start on the right track. Before changing your activity level consider having a body check-up or “health MOT”.
Osteopathic treatment helps bring vitality back to your body. It can iron out kinks in your musculoskeletal system, allowing better performance and can stop niggles reoccurring by addressing the stresses and strains on the body. Osteopaths can also create exercise programmes, give training tips to help get you started and provide support and encouragement.
- Only make one resolution. Don’t overload yourself making multiple resolutions, commit to one and plan it carefully.
- Focus. Take time to think about what you really want to achieve and make sure it’s realistic.
- Change one behaviour at a time. Unhealthy behaviours develop over time therefore modifying them also requires time. A new resolution does not mean reassessing and changing everything in your life at once. Work towards changing one aspect at a time e.g if you’re trying to take better care of yourself perhaps start with quality of sleep and once that’s sorted then focus on diet.
- Break your goal into a series of smaller goals. Set smaller, measurable and time-based goals to lead you towards your overall/final/end goal. This is far less overwhelming and helps to keep you on track.
- Tell your friends and family what you’re aiming for. Sharing your goals and experiences means you’re more likely to receive encouragement and want to avoid failure. Consider joining support groups also aiming to achieve the same goal such as exercise classes.
- Regularly remind yourself of the benefits. Create a list focusing on how much better your life will be once you’ve achieved your goals.
- Give yourself a small reward for achieving each step. This will give you a sense of progress and help keep you motivated.
- Map your progress. You could keep a journal including weigh-ins, body measurements and photos, invest in an electronic gadget such as a FitBit or download a fitness app such as ‘MyFitnessPal’ or ‘Couchto5k’.
- Lastly, expect to have small set-backs but don’t use these as an excuse to give up altogether. Don’t beat yourself up if you sometimes revert to old habits, treat it as a minor slip-up and start again the next day.
Whatever it is you want to achieve over the next year follow these steps for a higher rate of success! It is important to make lifestyle changes by incorporating healthy behaviour into everyday life.