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How to make a New Year’s resolution that actually sticks

Not long ago kicked off that time of the year again. Time for New Year’s resolutions.

“2010 is the year that I’m going to do it!”

“2013 is my year! I am really going to stick with it this time.”

Sound familiar? Every year, hundreds of thousands of people vow that this is the year they will eat healthier, get more sleep, exercise regularly and lose weight.

Some of the top New Year’s resolutions that will be made this year are:

  1. Lose weight.
  2. Get organized.
  3. Spend less and save more.
  4. Enjoy life to the fullest.
  5. Stay fit and healthy.

While we are very good at making resolutions, we are not very good at sticking with them. Statistics show that less than half of those who made a resolution stick with it for at least six months, and only 8 percent actually reach their goals.

So, if you are tired of starting over year after year, then it’s time to stop giving up! This year can be the year you stick to your resolutions and reach your goals. These tips can help make that happen.

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1.  Recruit an educated and experienced professional to help you.

A registered dietitian and certified personal trainer can help you get started on a plan and help you set realistic goals. They can also be a great source of accountability.

2.  Schedule your workouts.

Scheduling your workouts and putting them in your calendar is very helpful. If it’s written down and you can see it, you are more likely to do it.

3.  Incorporate activity into your day.

Alternate between sitting and standing at your desk. Skip going out to eat at lunch, and take a walk instead. Do squats and pushups in your office. You will benefit from any extra activity that you can squeeze in.

4.  Enlist a friend or family member as your partner.

Having an accountability partner, or better yet, a workout buddy can be great motivation. Exercise is more fun when you have someone to do it with.

5.  Share your goals with everyone.

Blog about your goals and share them on social media. Knowing that you have a group of people following your progress and supporting you can help provide accountability and support.

6.  Find something you enjoy.

If you hate running, don’t run. There are so many ways to get your body active, so don’t feel like you have to commit to something you don’t like. It may take time to find out what you love, but once you do, you will look forward to exercising!

With these tips, make this year your year of no excuses. Make today your tomorrow, take control and seize your opportunities. The power to succeed is in the choices that you make every day.

About the author

Katie Brumley
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Katie is the Strength & Conditioning Coordinator at the Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center in Dallas, Texas and a certified personal trainer through the National Strength & Conditioning Association.

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How to make a New Year’s resolution that actually sticks