Tuesday, December 24, 2019 - 14:28
As we barrel toward 2020, many of us will sit down to make our New Year’s Resolutions.  Unfortunately eighty percent of New Year’s resolutions are doomed to fail.  This year, let’s resolve to be a part of the twenty percent that succeed. FitClub has the information you need on why resolutions fail and how to excuse-proof yours before the sun comes up on January 1, 2020.

  1. The resolution is too general. Losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle are great goals, but terrible New Year’s Resolutions.  The key to a successful long-term goal is specificity.  You might instead, consider resolving to try a new group exercise class each week this year or run your first 5K, or even make one new healthy recipe each week.  In crafting the perfect resolution you should be able to identify precisely what it is you want to accomplish and when you wish to accomplish it.

  2. It doesn’t feel like your resolution. To achieve any goal it has to be important to you.  Losing weight, building muscle, or living a healthier life are personal goals.  If your New Year’s resolutions are really intended to make someone else proud, you’re not as likely to succeed.  This year, before you commit, ask yourself what would make you happiest in 2020. Only you are going to be able to accomplish this goal, so it needs to be personalized to fit your lifestyle, not anyone else’s.

  3. Your resolution feels or sounds like a punishment. Exercise and healthy diets are not punishments for weight you may have gained last year.  If your goal sounds like a punishment for prior mistakes, you are likely to feel like your goal is an obligation that you have to suffer. The way you talk to yourself matters, so this year, try reframing your healthy goals in a positive way.

  4. You don’t start until you have all of the information. Reading blogs, books, or magazines about healthier lifestyles is a good way to stay in the loop on changing science and research, but you don’t have to read every single thing before you can begin.  Use your new found interest in healthy lifestyles to compliment your work, rather than an excuse not to get started.  No matter how many blogs or magazines you read, only putting in the actual time at FitClub will help you start feeling your best.

  5. The end seems too far away. Yes, next year’s New Year’s Eve seems far away.  This year, instead of focusing on the three hundred sixty-five days you have to do this, commit to doing something each day that will move you closer to your goals.  Every small step in the right direction will add up to major results over the course of the year.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions this year? We’re all in this together so share your tips in the comments!