There’s something about the calendar turning over into a new year that’s so invigorating. It’s an opportunity for a fresh start. With a fresh start comes goals and resolutions to grow and better yourself. Do you make New Year Resolutions? We’ve put together these tips to help set you up for success in the new year.
Figure out your why - It seems simple enough, but digging deep and identifying why you’re really setting this New Year Resolution is an important place to start. Is your resolution to lose weight? Why? So you can fit in your clothes comfortably? Why? So you have more confidence day-to-day? Why? So you can set a good example for your kids? Why? … you get the idea. Really try and narrow it down. Your true why will come in handy a couple of months down the road when the shininess of the new year has worn off and/or you hit a plateau.
Shoot for performance - “Lose 10 pounds” is a New Year Resolution we have all heard from friends and family (and maybe even ourselves!) multiple times over our lifetime. Consider this, instead of a generic weight loss resolution, reframe it into a performance-based fitness goal – train to run a 10k race by the end of the year, hike to the top of a local hiking hotspot without having to stop and rest, etc. This makes it so that no matter what happens with your weight, you’re improving some aspect of your physical health.
Download an app to help - If your goal is to meditate more, try headspace. If your goal is to track your food intake, try myfitnesspal. If your goal is less screen time, instead of downloading an app consider setting up screentime tracking to alert you when you’ve hit your limit.
Avoid Burnout - When you first get started with your resolution, you’ll want to hit it hard. And that’s great! But there’s no need to start with doubling up your workouts. If you jump into it too deep, you may end up burning out.
Discipline > motivation - Face it, you’re not always going to be motivated. And that’s ok! Give yourself some grace, not every day will be perfect. What’s not ok is giving up or skipping out for even a day. That “just one day” is a slippery slope that can lead to getting completely off track and feeling down on yourself. This is where your “why” comes into play. Remember why you set these goals and resolutions for yourself. And remember, doing something is better than doing nothing.
No matter what your goal is for the new year, we wish you a happy, healthy, and refreshing new year!
And if you are Resolving to be Aluminum-Free? We can definitely help you with that! ;)