Best thing, it doesn’t include a crazy diet, cleanse, paleo, or vegan!
I’m sure it’s to no surprise, but more than 50% of new years resolutions are centered around working out, losing weight, and/or eating healthier. If you include quitting smoking, then that percentage is even higher. However, did you know only about 9% of those making these resolutions actually stick to it for a full year. Yep, most will fail before the end of January. So let’s start with the basics.
- Sleep more. Yep, studies show those who are not getting enough sleep struggle to stay committed to their fitness or nutrition goals. Additionally, studies show those who only get 5 hours or less of sleep per night tend to consume more calories than those who got at least 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Moreover, those not getting enough sleep tend to compound things with making bad food choices
- Focus on the process. Typically we recommend reverse engineering your goals as it’s easier to determine how to get there. Sure, the goal might be to lose 5% body fat. But how do you get there? Meal prep, Working out 3 times a week, etc. Basically, this phase is the behavior assessment phase.
- Enjoy in Moderation, it’s part of the plan. Too often will you be tempted to remove the things you enjoy and it leads you to binge on those things. For instance, are you gonna quit drinking wine forever? Are you gonna stop eating ice cream forever? If you’re answering no to those things, then it’s better to learn how to enjoy those things. For instance, I LOVE ice cream, but if I have it in the house I know I’ll eat it everyday. Instead, every Saturday, I’ll go to Coldstone to treat myself if I crushed the week’s nutrition goals.
- Find a Physical Activity You Enjoy. As a fitness professional, do you know how many times I’ve been told, “I don’t like going to the gym,” and many are surprised to get my response of, “What do you like to do?” Do you like to hike, then go hike. Do you like to climb, then sign up at REI’s climbing club. Do you like to run, then go run. The one thing I usually ask people to carefully assess is this – do you not like going to the gym because you’ve never been successful with it, or do you not like the gym because it’s truly not your thing? Just know, if it’s something you enjoy, you’re more likely to stick to it!