IN 2021 WE'RE CREATING HABITS, NOT RESOLUTIONS.
Oftentimes when people set a resolution they fail. This is because when we set resolutions we focus solely on the big picture.
EXAMPLE: “I'm going to work out more and lose weight.”
The idea of working towards these big goals can feel exciting, but it can soon also begin to feel far away and daunting. These types of goals, or "resolutions," can be difficult to follow through with for a few reasons, the biggest being that we typically don't break them into smaller action-based items.
THIS YEAR, WE'RE DITCHING OUR RESOLUTIONS AND CREATING HEALTHY HABITS INSTEAD.
But what does that really mean? Instead of creating a resolution to lose weight, start by picking your favorite group fitness class and make it a part of your routine to go every week. From there, you'll get used to going to the gym once every week and can more easily build upon the foundation that you've created. Maybe by February or March you can add an an extra workout or two a week and be well on your way to reaching all of your weight loss goals.
That's the difference: start small and focus on actions that will become a part of your life and in the end, help you to achieve those larger goals.
DO's AND DON'Ts
Let's talk about some common resolutions, and the habits that we're ditching them for!
DITCH: “I am going to work out more.”
REPLACE WITH: “I'm gonna go to the gym twice a week and take a 30 minute walk outside at least once each week."
DITCH: “I am going to eat healthier.”
REPLACE WITH: “I'm going to eat a vegetable with each of my three main meals during the week."
DITCH: “ I’m going to go to bed earlier."
REPLACE WITH: “ I’m going to put my phone down and read for 30 minutes before bed each night."