With the new year comes new goals and resolutions. But let’s face it – change can be difficult. So how do you ensure that your new year’s resolutions sticks throughout the entire year? Try the following five tips to help you create long-lasting change.
How to Keep Your Healthy New Year’s Resolutions
Even the smallest of changes can pack a punch and lead to an overall healthier lifestyle. Regardless of the size of your accomplishment, your self confidence and self-esteem can improve with each success.
2. Ask for support.
Making healthy lifestyle changes will lead to inevitable challenges. No matter the situation, you shouldn’t face these difficult moments alone. To stay energized and motivated, ask your friends and family for support. By seeking support and increasing your resources, you’re less likely to derail from your goals.
3. Write down your goals.
Writing down your goals will serve as a reminder and help bring your vision into a reality. In addition to writing down your goals, make sure they’re S.M.A.R.T. This acronym stands for specific, measurable, achievable, and relevant. The goal can be running a 5K or a marathon, committing to attend one exercise class per week, setting a personal record in CrossFit, or anything that keeps you motivated to lead a healthier lifestyle.
4. Be prepared.
If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail. For example, if your goal is to eat healthier, consider meal prepping. Also, find an accountability buddy. Have regular check-ins to make sure you’re both on track.
5. Reward yourself.
Reaching a health goal can give you a sense of accomplishment. Whether your goal is to walk 45 minutes a day or eat more vegetables, make sure you reward yourself for meeting that goal. Rewards can include a spa day, vacation, new wardrobe, etc.
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If you need help balancing your health and happiness for the New Year, call Lakeview Family Medicine today! We’re confident in the health principles we preach and would love for you to come see us for a consultation.