“New Year, New You” is a phrase that you probably have seen on almost every magazine cover the past several weeks. Did you know that about forty-five percent of adults make New Year’s resolutions? The top resolutions focus on weight loss and exercise, hence all the weight loss commercials and special gym membership rates. The disappointing news is that studies show that New Year’s resolutions fail more than eighty percent of the time! If you pledged a healthier you in 2012, here are a few tips to help you stay motivated to reach your goal.
First, focus on one resolution at a time being clear, honest, and specific. Losing weight is a desire, but losing fifteen pounds by June 1st is a goal. Second, break larger tasks into smaller ones and set measurable goals to help you stay focused and positive along the way. Also, write your goals down and share them with the world (or at least a friend)! A study by Richard Wisemen discovered that women were 10% more successful when making their goals public. Confiding in a mentor gives a feeling of accountability and raises the bar for self-responsibility. Owning it means taking responsibility for failures and successes along the way. Third, be persistent, consistent, and determined. Stay focused and do not give up until you achieve your goal. If you get side-tracked or fall behind, refocus/reenergize and jump back into the game. Lastly, be spunky, confident and committed. Give yourself the edge you need to cross the finish line a winner!
Now that you have a plan in motion, it is time for the fun. If your ultimate goal is to become a healthier version of yourself, look at the big picture. Do you need to lose weight? Are you ready to take your workouts to another level? Are you looking to achieve a well-balanced life style full of healthy choices that will allow you to age gracefully? Whatever your health or fitness goal may be, allow your small goals to be fun, challenging, and motivating. Going to the gym every day and walking on the treadmill may allow you to lose five pounds, but is this a lifestyle you want to maintain? Living healthy and daily exercise should be fun, rewarding, and something to look forward to. Grab a friend/mentor, mix it up this year, and try something new like the SportBell dumbbell! The SportBell modular dumbbell takes the traditional dumbbell to a whole new level. The SportBell’s patented turbo-lock weight change design allows you to quickly add or remove weight. A single handle allows any configuration of weights from 1 to 10 pounds.
Changing old habits and developing new ones won’t happen overnight. But with a solid plan, a partner in crime, and your goals written in the stars for the world to see, you will find that “New You,” THIS year!