The conventional wisdom around New Year’s resolutions is to aim high. As Norman Vincent Peele (and generations of middle school valedictorians) said: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
But this approach is problematic. Every January, fitness centers and CrossFit gyms swell with new members intent on overhauling their lifestyles; by the time the second week of February rolls around, roughly 80 percent have abandoned that pursuit.
What causes this seismic shrugging of the shoulders, this mass abandonment of perfectly laudable goals? It’s not that the resolution-setters are personally deficient or that they’re choosing the wrong workout supplements; more often, it’s the resolutions themselves that are faulty.
Here are some do’s and don’ts for setting, better, more attainable resolutions.
Unless you’re a professional athlete or a seasoned fitness buff, working out every single day will do more harm than good. Not only are you setting yourself up for failure – even regular gym-goers need a day off every now and then – but a sudden increase in intense exercise can be damaging to your body.
Small changes can have major impacts on your fitness. If you feel like you’re not getting the most out of your workouts, book a consultation with a personal trainer. Or, if you’re happy with your routine but not the results, consider adding an extra day or two.
Healthy eating resolutions are alluring following the month-long stuffing-and-eggnog binge that is December. But as with fitness, your dieting goals shouldn’t be too extreme. Committing yourself to only eating fresh, raw foods and only drinking water and healthy workout supplements is admirable, but not realistic. Going cold turkey is never easy – especially with those holiday leftovers in the fridge.
The beginning of a New Year is the perfect time to start a food journal and develop a month-to-month meal plan. Look for unhealthy eating patterns and identify potential alternatives to your favorite guilty pleasures. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be joyless: do some research to find nutritious meals that satisfy your cravings and always include space for the occasional cheat meal – a couple slices of pizza can do wonders for your mental health during these dark, cold winter nights.
Is your goal to lose 20 pounds this year? That’s great! Should you expect to be halfway there by the end of January? Absolutely not! Improving your health takes time, so celebrate small victories and stay focused on your ultimate goal. As Joel Embiid said (and generations of Philadelphians will say): “Trust the process.”
Broad, hazy resolutions are almost impossible to follow. You may want to “eat healthier” or “get fitter,” but what does that mean? How will you know when you’ve accomplished your aims? By setting tangible, realistic goals (“Run 10 consecutive kilometers”; “Dunk a basketball”; “Learn to cook three new dishes”) you immediately improve your chances of succeeding.
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