Does the idea of making resolutions for the new year make you groan and roll your eyes? Have you made resolutions in the past and abandoned them before the first week of the new year was even over? Well, you are not alone.
Most resolutions for the new year tend to focus on health-related goals, such as losing weight, quitting smoking or eating healthier.
How Can I Keep My Resolutions This Year?
One way to ensure that you keep your resolutions is to be realistic and specific. Don't just tell yourself "I want to lose some weight" or "I want to get in shape." What does that mean to you? Do you want to lose ten pounds or twenty pounds? Do you want defined muscles? Where?
It is also a good idea to be realistic. Sure, it might be nice to look like a swimsuit model or one of those guys on the front of a weight-lifting magazine, but don't put that much pressure on yourself. You can feel good about exceeding your expectations, but you don't feel good when you fall short. Yes, it is good to think big, but focus your efforts on the process. Tell yourself specifically what you want to achieve and then focus on the steps that will get you there.
Write Them Down
Write your resolutions down, along with what steps you will take to achieve them. You may want to add dates to them if they are time sensitive. For example, you may write:
I will lose 10 pounds by the time I go on vacation in July.
I will do this by going to the gym three times a week and by cutting out sugar, soda and other unhealthy items from my diet.
Get A Buddy
Resolutions are no fun when you are on your own. Recruit a friend to become your accountability partner. They do not have to have the same goals as you, but they need to be able to be honest and give you a nudge when you are slacking. Having an accountability partner can make a huge difference when it comes to keeping resolutions.
A personal trainer makes a great accountability partner and also offers years of expertise in the health and fitness field. Ralph Roberts is a personal trainer in Amarillo who knows how to get results. He can design a personalized training program based on your needs and goals. Make this the year you stick to your resolutions. Find Ralph at the Downtown Athletic Club.
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