How to Keep Your 2017 New Year’s Resolutions

by TOI Admin January 2, 2017

The 2017 resolutions have begun! Most resolutions will focus on better eating habits, losing weight and being a happier, more centered person. If you identify with these...keep reading! If you don't... keep reading! Here's some advice on how to stick to your resolutions, whatever they may be. 



Be realistic: Once the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, many of us feel a burst of excitement and inspiration about the year ahead – and that’s great! But don’t let all that enthusiasm lead to setting a New Year’s resolution that’s so extreme or beyond your reach! You’ll wind up feeling overwhelmed or disheartened when you inevitably fall off track. If you give yourself enough time and resources to accomplish your resolution, you’ll set yourself up to be successful.

Write your resolutions down: When you put pen to paper and write down your New Year's resolutions, you automatically turn your thoughts into something tangible. Post your goals in a place you'll be forced to look at them regularly, and as you re-read them again and again, the words will form a stronger impression in your mind. 

Measure Up: If you don’t set a goal that’s measureable in some way, how will you know when you’ve achieved it? Your New Year’s resolution should also include some smaller mini-goals to function as progress checkpoints along the way to the main goal. 

Get Others Involved: Having friends and family on board is such a huge motivator. Research has shown that people who have support are the most successful at diet and exercise programs. Plus, when you make a commitment to improve your lifestyle along with someone else — a close friend, your significant other, a child — you're more likely to stick with it.

Reward Yourself: Sometimes staying motivated requires a little incentive. Hey — there's nothing wrong with that! When you get through a really tough workout or follow your healthy-eating plan flawlessly for a week, give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back. Or go pamper yourself!




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