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Tips to stick with your New Year’s resolution

February 5, 2016

1. Be realistic
Rethink a New Year’s resolution gone wrong by starting simple. You can’t go from 0 to 100 all at once, so try making small goals and adding on to them as you go. If you never go to the gym, it’s unrealistic to think you will go every day. Instead, try going three times a week. The difference you see and feel will motivate you to keep it up!

2. Adjusting your goals is okay
It’s easy to say you’re never going to eat chocolate or you will run three miles every day. If you have fallen short of your original goals, it’s okay to adjust them. It’s easier to limit your chocolate intake than avoid it all together. Rather than be defeated by failing to keep up with your original resolution and give up, rethink your plan of action in order to be successful.

3. Find a buddy
Chances are you have a friend struggling through the same situation you are. They need motivation as much as you do, so why not partner up? Having a work out buddy helps hold you accountable and motivates you to go work out. A friend not only makes the process more fun but they can motivate you to work harder than you would alone.

4. Keep track of your progress
Think of the glass as half full rather than half empty. Your overall goal may be to lose a set number of pounds, but every pound is an accomplishment. Keeping track of each accomplishment, not matter how small it seems, will help keep you motivated. Even if the results are coming as fast as you might have anticipated, tracking your progress and workouts will keep you moving forward.

5. Make working out a habit
Getting in the habit of working out doesn’t happen overnight. It takes 21 days to form a habit. So for 21 days you need to be adamant and push yourself in order to make your resolution a part of who you are. If you are persistent in keeping you New Year’s resolution for 3 weeks, it will become easier.

6. Remind yourself why you made the resolution
A month after making the resolution you may not remember why you did it in the first place. Think about what you are trying to accomplish, why you are trying to accomplish it, and whether or not you are doing it for yourself. Constantly remembering what you are working towards can be a motivator all of its own.

7. Reward your efforts
Rather than indulge in an entire box of Little Debbie snacks, reward yourself with something that will motivate you to workout. Whether it’s a new pair of workout shoes, new headphones, or even a new headband, that little reward could be all the difference in motivating you to continue your resolution efforts.

8. Do something you never thought possible
Sign up for a race, competition or class. It may seem impossible to ever get to the point where you could participate in any of the above, but sometimes it takes a kick in the butt to help you realize what you are capable of doing. A 5k or 10k may sound impossible right now but knowing you have a deadline will push you and motivate you.

9. There will always be setbacks
Didn’t work out all weekend? Don’t stress about it to the point you give up. At the same rate, don’t work yourself so hard that you get burnt out. Keep looking toward your goals so you can reach your resolution.

10. Any workout is better than no workout
Some days you’re just not feeling the work out grind and staying in your bed is easier than going out in the cold. While skipping one workout doesn’t seem like a big deal, it could be the difference between success and failure. Do the best you can and know that you stuck with it. That’s something to feel good about.

Miranda Jones
Features Editor

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