The week between Christmas and New Year’s is when the guilt inevitably starts to set in. Whether it’s for falling off the workout wagon, over-indulging over the holidays or just developing bad habits over the past year - we all have areas in which we’d like to be better next year. And the most common New Year’s resolution that will be made this year is fitness related.
According to a recent survey, about 50 million Americans will resolve to be more active and lose weight in 2019. But, how many will actually be able to follow through? Unfortunately, the statistics aren’t very encouraging. Nearly 80% of those resolutions will fail, according to U.S. News & World Report.
So, what can you do to be a part of that 20% and make your resolution last?
1. HAVE A PLAN OF ACTION
This is where things like 30-day challenges come in. Don’t just set a vague goal of “eating healthier, or “working out more often”. Commit to something specific and measurable like a 30-day challenge to dramatically increase your chances of maintaining that habit at the end of the “challenge” and make it a lasting part of your lifestyle.
2. ANNOUNCE IT
Make a public announcement of your goal and how you plan to achieve it. For example: “In 2019, I’m committing to getting fit, and maintaining a Whole-Food, Plant-Based diet. I will cut out all processed, refined foods and animal products and workout 4 times a week. I’m starting with the Poise Fitness 3-Month Challenge, and KLR Wellness Works 30-Day Plant-Based Reset Challenge!” Tell your friends, family, coworkers, and followers on social media about your goal. Make it known what you want to achieve so you’ll be held accountable and much more likely to follow through.
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3. FIND A PARTNER
Taking on a new challenge is always easier with a friend or group for motivation and encouragement. This is another reason why 30-day challenges are so effective. You have support and encouragement built right in from others facing the exact same hurdles as you.
4. CELEBRATE SUCCESS
Celebrating success is important. Reward yourself at the end of the challenge- Ideally with something that doesn’t derail your ultimate goal of a healthier you. Food-related rewards are not generally recommended unless it’s a trip to a healthy restaurant. Things like a deep tissue massage, a spa day, a new blender or juicer, or some fancy new workout clothes are always great options. And make it known what that reward is too so that your friends and family can also help you celebrate your success.