A New Year’s Resolution

“New Year, new me!”

We’ve all heard that saying so many times, as people all over make a New Year’s resolution to change themselves for the better. I’ve often seen people make them focused on their health goals, whether their goal is losing weight, exercising more, or just eating healthier in general. Some people want to reclaim their former physical fitness, be able to play with their children more, feel happier with their appearance, or they feel like better health may give them more energy every day.

I both love and hate a New Year’s resolution. I personally haven’t made one in over a decade. For me, starting a change on a specified date doesn’t help me achieve a goal. As soon as I recognize I need to or want to change a habit, I put as much effort into an immediate change as I can. I love that people want to improve their lives and want to strive to make themselves better. I’m all for it! But I hate watching people give up on those changes. Some studies report that roughly 1 in 4 people abandon their resolution within the first week, and only 9% will stick with it by the end of the year. When I see those numbers and realize people are giving up on a potentially better life, it’s a bit heartbreaking.

There are a variety of reasons that people give up on a resolution. Change is hard. There’s no doubt about that. Some studies report that it takes roughly two months to form a new habit. That’s a long time for someone to fight their inner thoughts to go back to their comfort zone and stop pushing towards a goal. Some people think that if they are dedicated then it will be easy to achieve, but the smallest slip up can end your resolution.

So what are some ways that you can help yourself stick to a beneficial life change? Some common ways that help people are having someone that can hold you accountable to keeping your changes, having someone who can monitor your progress and keep you going, but the thing that I’ve noticed helps people the most is implementing your changes slowly and gradually.

People will decide they want a change, but they change more than they can handle. With fitness, people will overexert themselves in an attempt to see immediate results and wear their body down. They sometimes fail to make dietary changes to suit their new nutritional needs. When trying to eat healthier, a radical restructure to a fad diet is often done, which is extremely difficult to adhere to.

If you want to make these changes, there are good starting points. For fitness, determine what your goals are and what types of exercise will help you achieve your goal. If you want to start running and haven’t for a long time, jogging may not be your starting point! If you are unsure, seeking out a personal trainer may be highly beneficial for you. When changing your diet, don’t change all the foods you eat! A better way would be to establish your caloric needs and to find a healthy daily calorie intake for yourself first. Nutritionists and dietitians are excellent at helping you plan out how to change up your meal planning.

As always, I’m a bit of a jack of all trades (Master of Athletic Training, officially.) I have experience helping people with various aspects of these lifestyle changes, and would love to help anyone out if they are seeking assistance! Contact my office for your health care needs!

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