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How to Keep Your New Year’s Health Resolutions
How to make 2021 the year you keep your New Year’s Health Resolutions!
We all have, at some point, faced a new year with all its possibilities as motivation to improve ourselves. Whilst I believe choosing to improve any aspect of your life can start at any point throughout the year, I can relate to the appeal of what the first week of the first month of the year can signify. Let’s make this year the year you maintain your New Year Health goals!
Particularly this year, after what 2020 has brought us has left many hopeful that this year will be much better than the last. Lighter restrictions, becoming reacquainted with our social lives and dare I say it, perhaps a holiday on the cards could motivate us to review how a year in isolation has affected our physical and mental health.
What is commonly associated with new year’s resolutions, is their lack of sustainability. We actually have an appointed national ‘Quitters Day’ on 12th January which studies have shown to be the date by which most resolutions are broken.
So…with this in mind, let’s start the year as we mean to go on and make 2021 the year we maintain our health goals! Read on for a few tips to keep in mind when setting and implementing your goals:
Define Your ‘Why’
Studies have shown we are predominantly motivated by emotion, therefore your why should be emotionally driven. How will your health goals improve your quality of life from a personal perspective? How will they help you to be a more vivacious version of yourself? It is key to set time aside to chunk down what is driving you to want to meet your health goals.
Perhaps you can start by considering your response to these questions:
- How will these goals help you to become a better version of yourself?
- How will these goals help improve your relationship to others and yourself?
- How will you view your life if you meet your goals?
A clever hack is to write your ‘why’ in the notes section of your phone. Every time you feel temptation to break your goals, you can re-read your notes in the moment the thought enters for a gentle reminder.
Simple to Implement
First and foremost, we’re looking for improvements that can be sustained over the long-term. Keep recipes simple and fuss free. Keep your workouts simple to follow. Perhaps as you start to meet your goals they can become more complex and layered, however at the start in order to keep motivation, ensure that you can complete the tasks set without adding potential barriers to willpower.
Easy to Review & Track
Improving your general health and having health goals is a popular and positive New Year’s resolution after an indulgent festive period. It is, however, important to set your goals in a clear and concise way in order for improvements to be tracked.
Check in with yourself on a regular basis. Although scales are one way of measuring (if it is weight loss you’re aiming for), it’s important to track your mental, emotional and physical health along the way. Perhaps create a chart with a scale of 1-10 (the higher the number, the more you’re experiencing the symptom) and every two weeks track how you’re improving. An example of how to do this is below:
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|How good are my energy levels this week?||2||4||6|
|How are my stress levels?||8||6||5|
|How positive is my general outlook?||3||4||7|
|How good do my relationships feel?||4||5||8|
By doing so shows you how many aspects of your health are improving as a result of the health changes you’ve made. The more experienced benefits, the more likely you’re able to remain motivated to stay on track!
In our modern world, time is more precious and more limited than ever. If we are to sustain our health goals, it is vital that they can slot into our daily routines and save us time across the week. A great time saving hack when it comes to improving health is to batch cook on a Sunday evening which will set you up for the week ahead.
If fitness is a health goal of yours, there are plenty of YouTube videos that you can follow in the comfort of your own home. Yoga, Pilates & HIIT workouts can be completed in as little as 10-15 minutes and can be implemented in between other tasks in your daily schedule.
Setting Realistic Expectations
One of the main reasons New Year Resolutions aren’t followed through is the pressure people put on themselves to execute their goals perfectly without allowing for a little stumble along the way. Progress is not linear, and this includes weight loss as well as improving your emotional and mental health. Be kind to yourself. Continuing to pursue your health goals after a particularly indulgent weekend is the key to sustainability. Goals aren’t all or nothing and self-care is the top priority when it comes to improving your health for long term success.
I would love to know if any of these hacks have helped, or If you have any of your own to share. Just remember to be kind and patient with yourself with any goal you set. Consistency and maintaining a realistic approach to your health goals is key for long-term success.
If you’d like to speak to me to discuss how I could help create a tailored nutrition & lifestyle plan to help you maintain your health goals this year, please do get in touch for a no obligation chat!
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