Each year, millions of Americans resolve to get in better shape and become healthier versions of themselves. According to a recent YMCA survey, less than a quarter of respondents kept their resolution in 2014. An overwhelming number of people said they tried but fell short, and some confessed that they made it through only a couple of weeks or months.
However, there’s hope for the coming year. Here are five tips the Regional YMCA recommends to help make a healthy New Year’s resolution stick:
- Start small. Set attainable resolutions. For example, if your goal is to exercise more frequently in the New Year, don’t schedule seven days a week at the gym. Start with a reasonable three days a week.
- Take it one step at a time. Making a New Year’s resolution doesn’t require you to reassess every little detail of your life. Work to change one behavior at a time, and then go from there.
- Choose a facility that focuses on a holistic approach to health. When it comes to adding healthy behaviors – like working out – to your lifestyle, finding a facilitythat keeps you motivated is critical to maintaining your exercise routine.
- Establish a little friendly competition. Share your experiences with support groups – friends, family, fellow workout class members or close colleagues. Talking about your struggles and successes will make your goals more obtainable and less intimidating.
- Set New Year’s goals with someone you love. It’s easier to stick to your resolutions if you have a partner working toward similar goals. Team up with a family member to set your 2015 goals, and establish a game plan that is dedicated to achieving them.
For additional tips or to learn more about how to get involved with the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut contact our Greenknoll Branch, 203 775 4444 or visit regionalymca.org.