Happy New Year DNAFit family! It’s time to pack away the Christmas tree and get out your gym gear to work off those extra holiday calories. Don’t worry, we’re all guilty of overindulging during the festive season - so you’ll be among good company as we all set our health and fitness goals for the year.
Setting Achievable New Year’s resolutions
While it’s easy to set ourselves a laundry-list of New Year’s resolutions, we often run out of steam by the time February rolls in and slip back into old habits. In fact, according to Forbes Magazine, just 8% of people actually manage to stick to their New Year’s resolutions. This is because it’s virtually impossible to live up to the high expectations we set for ourselves without a proper plan.
How to stick to your New Year’s resolutions this year
We’ve put together a handy checklist for Setting Achievable Wellness Goals, to help you set yourself up for success this year!
Tips to help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions
Set SMART goals for yourselfSMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timeous. While this strategy is usually used in a business context, it can help you with your personal goal setting too. Let’s say your goal is to lose 24 pounds. To make this a SMART goal, you’d say something like: “I’d like to lose 24 pounds by December 2019 by losing two pounds per month”.
Dedicate enough time to your wellness goalsMake sure that you set aside enough “me-time” in your busy schedule. We’re all guilty of putting our dreams (and health) on hold to attend to the “everyday emergencies” that seem to occur (you guessed it) every day. The trouble with everyday emergencies is that most of them aren’t actually emergencies. Ditching the gym to stay at the office late and answer 72 emails every night will make it impossible to reach your health goals. Sometimes you need to know when to tell yourself “that can wait” as hard as it may seem, in order to prioritise your health.
Tell your colleagues, friends and family what you’re trying to achieveEverybody can benefit from a support system. By telling your colleagues, friends and family what you’re trying to achieve (and by when) they can help you stay on track. This adds an element of accountability so that you don’t lose motivation.They’ll also be in a better position to understand when you need to put the above mentioned “everyday emergencies” on hold - because they now know you’re pushing hard to achieve your goal.
Remember that any progress is still progressIf you’re struggling to see the results you initially planned for, despite giving it your all, don’t let this deter you. All progress, no matter how big or small, is progress nonetheless. Don’t give up and revert to old habits as this won’t achieve anything. Rather find ways to optimise your efforts - even if that means calling for some professional help. Remember, when it comes to diet and exercise, a one-size-fits-all approach isn’t right for everyone. If you’re not seeing the results you want, you may need a personalised diet and exercise plan which was designed specifically for your body. That’s where we come in! DNAFit’s at home DNA test can help you eliminate the guesswork from fitness and nutrition - so that you can reach your wellness goals faster.
Common reasons people don’t stick to their New Year’s resolutions
Setting goals that are too difficult
While it may sound amazing to drop three dress sizes by the end of January, it may not be realistic to do so.
Not believing in ourselves
Often we give up too easily because we lack confidence. When we think there’s a possibility that we might fail, we often just throw in the towel as a defence mechanism.
Not having a clear plan
Trying to reach a goal without an action plan is like trying to drive to a new destination without a map - you’re bound to get lost!
Poor time management
Often we don’t allow ourselves the time needed to reach our goals. We put other commitments ahead of things like going to the gym or cooking a healthy meal.
Not holding ourselves accountable
Too often, we simply let our New Year’s resolutions slip away from us. We make excuses as to why we can’t achieve them and putting them off again, until next year.
We’re often filled with energy and enthusiasm straight after the New Year’s celebrations have died down. We’re feeling rested and restored after the Christmas break, which leads us to setting some pretty huge goals for our future selves - forgetting that life will probably throw us a few unexpected curve balls. This isn’t to say that it’s all doom and gloom for our hopes and dreams - in fact, dreaming big is a good thing! We simply need to have a set of milestones in place to help us maintain momentum throughout the year.
Don’t forget to get your copy of Setting Achievable Wellness Goals, to help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions this year.
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