Health-related New Year’s resolutions are among the most popular in the nation. Unfortunately, the statistics for people who successfully accomplish their resolutions are pretty low. At Evolution Fitness, it is one of our missions to turn that all around and set you up for success.
The first essential component to a successful New Year’s health resolution is to choose wisely. We advise focusing on process goals, rather than “end” goals. For instance, the resolution to lose 10 lbs of body fat is a wonderful goal to have, but what will you do to accomplish that? Maybe, for instance, you will drink more water, eat a healthy breakfast every day, and commit to working out 3x/week. These process goals, then, should be your New Year’s resolutions, not the end goal of losing 10 lbs of body fat.
The next essential component is to go slow. Don’t try to change everything overnight, it is a recipe for failure. Instead, incorporate one new behavior at a time, waiting until you become more comfortable with the new habit before you move on to the next. The third and final component to a successful New Year’s health resolution is to avoid the dreaded Flat Tire Syndrome. The Flat Tire Syndrome is when you allow a small misstep to convince you that you’re a complete and utter failure and it’s hopeless to think you’ll ever change, so you might as well just give up, eat yourself into a coma, stop working out and trash the whole resolution thing because success just isn’t in your cards and it’s too hard anyway. We call this phenomenon the Flat Tire Syndrome because it is sort of like slashing all the rest of your tires when you get a flat, rather than just simply fixing the one flat tire. Don’t allow mistakes to get the better of you. Fix them and keep moving forward.
Below is Evolution Fitness’s Top 10 New Year’s Health Resolutions. These resolutions are designed to set you up for success and give you the most “bang for your buck”:
- Eat a healthy, protein rich breakfast every day.
- Eliminate processed foods.
- Commit to a daily stillness/mindfulness practice.
- Foam roll daily.
- Get a good night’s rest.
- Find a workout buddy with similar goals.
- Drink more water.
- Commit to at least 3 workouts / week.
- Visualize the NEW YOU every night before you go to sleep.
- Eat often, every 2 – 3 hours.