New Year's Fitness Resolutions That Stick
It's that time of year again. Time to bring out the noisemakers and watch the Times Square countdown. For millions of us, it's also a time to make a resolution that we'll get fit in the New Year.
According to research conducted at the University of Scranton, nearly half of all adults will make some type of New Year's resolution. The top three resolutions are to stop smoking, lose weight, and exercise regularly.
Unfortunately, the same research study also indicates that 25 percent of all resolutions will be abandoned after only one week, and another 10 percent dropped after the first month.
How do you make your New Year's fitness resolution actually stick? If you're one of the ambitious would-be exercisers who decides that 2011 is your year to get in shape, check out these tips for sticking to your fitness resolution this year:
1. Change Your "Sweat-itude" - Adopt a new attitude for this year's resolution to get fit. Instead of forcing yourself to log endless hours on the treadmill, decide that you will only participate in fitness activities that you actually enjoy. Whether it be dance fitness, a group fitness class, ice skating, or martial arts, there are many ways to get fit that won't leave you dreading your workout.
2. Set a Realistic Goal - Many of us abandon our New Year's resolutions because we've set ourselves up to fail. If you want to keep your goal, it needs to be a realistic goal. Think about what you can actually do this year. If you've never jogged more than a mile, it's unlikely that you'll run a marathon in April. Perhaps setting the goal of running a 5K is better suited for this year, and save the marathon for another year.
3. Plan for Success - Pull out your planner. Select what fitness classes you will attend during the next few weeks, and schedule these classes on your calendar. Consider these appointments as important as lunch with your boss or the annual check-up with your dentist. In other words, don't cancel your fitness appointments - no matter what comes up!
4. Enlist Help - Tell your friends, family, and co-workers about your resolution. Ask them to hold you accountable and to help you meet your goal. If your social life used to be all about food and drinks, suggest to your friends that you go bowling or hiking instead.
5. Reward Yourself - It's important that you recognize your achievements, even if they appear small. Establish some rewards for sticking to your fitness regimen. After one week of success, book a manicure or pedicure. After the first full month, splurge on a new handbag. And if you fall off the wagon, don't punish yourself! Get back up, dust yourself off, and start all over again.
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