A resolution is a goal. You should always have a goal. January 1 is not a magical date that makes change stick. They’re based on what you think you should be doing but not necessarily on what you want to do.
Every morning you wake up is an opportunity to begin again. If you slip up on your intended regimen, then you can pick it back up the next day.
The fitness industry sees a surge in January and February. After six to eight weeks of trying to get fit, the gyms see an exodus in March.
What goal means something to you on a personal level? That resolution can stick. It doesn’t have to wait until January. What can you do today to get closer to reaching your goal?
- Start small. Identify the small habits and start fixing those habits. Why are you sitting on the couch with a snack before making dinner? Maybe you’re looking for comfort. Find the root of that behavior, and find an alternate way to address that need. The body will fight you on large, rapid changes.
- Find the right physical activity for yourself. Try things. If you don’t like running, then don’t run. What feels good and is enjoyable for you? Your body is designed to move. It’s okay if your best friend’s fitness activity isn’t right for you. Your body will fight you if you didn’t have a great experience and will push you to avoid an unpleasant activity. Your physical activity should feel like work, but it should still be enjoyable.
- It takes 30 days to create a habit. You don’t have to do it perfectly all the time. Try to hit it 80 percent of the time. Allow yourself 20 percent of the time to be a human being. Just trying is making you stronger.
- Pay attention to sustainable progress. Don’t expect to make a huge change in a short amount of time. Weight will fluctuate, but a new range is proof that your actions are working. Look at how you feel with the changes you’re making.
Listen in as Liz Corah shares how you can make a change any day.