Let’s say NO to News Years resolutions for 2017. Here’s why:
Around 8% of New Years resolutions are still being adhered to in April of that year. Not a great outcome if your resolution is health related, and most are!
While the beginning of a new year is a tempting time to consider lifestyle changes, on your return to work 2 weeks later it is highly likely you will have, 1) reverted to old habits, 2) are using the same old excuses to not adhere, and 3) are now highly disappointed with yourself for falling off that wagon again.
Things are not looking good and it is still only January!!
What to do?
- If you are serious about making lifestyle changes – that resolution needs to be a weekly or even a daily one
- If you want to exercise regularly, each week consider what your strategy is for that week. Once you have a plan in place it is likely that you will achieve it each week, however, there will always be barriers to this goal (real and imagined). Weekly resolutions, instead of annual might help achieve this behaviour change for 2017
- Well my friends this needs to be a daily (or hourly for some!) resolution. While you can live without exercise, you cannot live with out food. We need to make decisions about what we eat, several times each day. Planning dietary change 12 months in advance and expecting yourself to adhere is a recipe for disaster
So while this time of the year is the time to consider the year ahead, if you are serious about making lifestyle changes, maybe your resolution should to be more ‘mindful’ about your lifestyle.
- Start an exercise programme that you enjoy and can maintain easily, don’t get complacent, re-evaluate each week!
- If dietary change is on your list, carefully consider your food choices on a daily basis. Be prepared for situations and barriers that will arise regularly
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