Prioritize Your Goals
Revisit all of the resolutions you wanted to adopt in 2020 and rank them in order of importance, attainability, and time frame. Taking the extra time to actually think through each goal and what it means will make them that much more practical and realistic. Adding a green juice for nutrients to your diet four times each week is a very different goal structurally in comparison to doubling your savings account. Focus on your top five goals and note the practical time frame it will take to obtain each one. Where can you combine and conquer your goals? You can buy a personal juicer for your house to make routine pressed juices more affordable and add those saved dollars to your savings account (double win!) – making progress on two goals simultaneously.
Sometimes turning over a new leaf needs to be done in baby steps rather than huge leaps. If you continually find that you can’t squeeze in 30 minutes of exercise every day of the week, be patient with yourself. On the days 30 consecutive minutes seems unattainable, try breaking the 30 minutes into two 15 minute exercise bursts. If you can’t hit 30 minutes each day, know that 10 minutes of walking, jumping rope, or light weight exercises is better than no activity. Studies differ on how long it takes to form a habit, but commonly it’s been said that it takes at least 28 days to form a habit. A positive and patient attitude makes building up to your goals much more manageable.
Revisit Your Resolutions
Perhaps your initial new year’s resolution wasn’t the best fit for your lifestyle after all, and that’s okay. You decided to try the trendy intermittent fasting and your “eating window” wasn’t nearly long enough resulting in you shocking your body and not feeling like yourself. Thought you’d be running 7 consecutive miles by now and not quite there yet? Rather than get frustrated and give up entirely, reevaluate what you liked about your goal and what didn’t work – was it too advantageous or too aggressive? Scale back accordingly and try again. Always keep in mind that the most important aspect of any goal is to feel healthy, happy, and balanced.
Strength in Numbers
Going to an exercise class is great for clearing your mind and burning calories, but going to an exercise class with a friend provides the same benefits and holds you accountable. Not to mention, it makes the experience much more fun. Working on sticking to a specific diet during lunches at work? Invite your co-worker to join you and take turns sharing recipes. Look for a friend, family member, or co-worker that has a similar goal to yours and triumph together.