Get That New Year Feeling…Again!
Christmas is over, too much turkey (or goose) has been eaten. The booze flowed freely and you ate way too many mince pies, chocolates and stollen. Well, not to worry, the New Year is just around the corner and you know that January 1st is the day when you can press the reset button and reboot your life. Time to find the New Year Resolution Solution.
Having a New Year Resolution (or two or three) has become a tradition for many people…every single year! But how many of these resolutions are kept beyond January. If I think back to my resolution to lose weight, it was January 2010 when I kept up with my resolution and for three years I was on top. Now it’s 2017, and here I go again.
Most common New Year’s resolutions
Seems like I am not alone when it comes to trying to get fit and lose weight for the New Year. According to a recent ComRes poll, the top 5 most common New Year’s resolutions are:
- Exercise more (38%)
- Lose weight (33%)
- Eat more healthily (32%)
- Take a more active approach to health (15%)
- Learn new skill or hobby (15%)
How long does the average person keep their New Year’s resolution?
The vast majority of New Year’s resolutions fail. In fact, the British National Health Service estimates that only one in ten of us are successful. Research by private health company Bupa found that more than half of British people (66%) lasted one month or less. But how do we not succumb to yet another failure? Goal setting is the key say NHS Choices.
Top 10 goal-setting tips
- Make only one resolution. Your chances of success are greater when you channel energy into changing just one aspect of your behaviour.
- Don’t wait until New Year’s Eve to choose your resolution. Take some time out a few days before and think about what you want to achieve.
- Avoid previous resolutions. Deciding to revisit a past resolution sets you up for frustration and disappointment.
- Don’t run with the crowd and go with the usual resolutions. Instead think about what you really want out of life.
- Break your goal into a series of steps, focusing on creating sub-goals that are concrete, measurable and time-based.
- Tell your friends and family about your goals. You’re more likely to get support and want to avoid failure.
- To stay motivated, make a checklist of how achieving your resolution will help you.
- Give yourself a small reward whenever you achieve a sub-goal, which will help to motivate you and give you a sense of progress.
- Make your plans and progress concrete by keeping a handwritten journal, completing a computer spreadsheet or covering a notice board with graphs or pictures.
- Expect to revert to your old habits from time to time. Treat any failure as a temporary setback rather than a reason to give up altogether.
*Source NHS Choices
The Final Time!
I will keep you all updated every month on my progress. Wish me luck!