• October 30, 2014

10 steps to keep your New Year’s health resolutions: Part I

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Posted: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 10:30 am

The desire to lose weight or be healthier is typically among the top five New Year’s resolutions. I’ve been there. Too many of us hit the gym with energy and enthusiasm but by midyear injury, burnout and excuses reigned supreme. So what’s the secret to keeping and deepening your health resolves?

Along with diet and exercise there has to be an internal “shift” (so-to-speak) to make the necessary lifestyle changes that’ll lead to long-term success.  For many it requires changing their mindset (physical, environmental and mental modifications). If you’re wondering where to start, here are ten steps to help you keep and deepen those promises.

Let go of comparisons. It doesn’t matter how anyone else looks or what they can or can’t do at the gym. You matter most. First find your values and goals, then focus on yourself at this very moment and what you want to achieve. You have to start at the beginning; you never know—that girl in the gym that looks toned and fit and great—may not have started out that way.  

How much do you really want it? Your health resolution should be something you really, really want to accomplish. Joining the gym and buying new workout clothes isn’t good enough. Nor is showing up at the gym every day the first month and working out for two hours daily. Start slow and small and make goals achievable. Rushing into working out (if you haven’t done so in a while will lead to injury). You have to crawl before you walk. Learn to build health blocks one at a time.

Redefine what failure means. Your past “failures” at the gym (or working out at home) do matter, but only with regard to lessons learned and how you adopt those experiences moving forward. “Failure” should only be considered at another step that brings you closer to your goal.

The secret is in the details. It’s not how much weight you want to lose but how much can you safely lose (in a given time frame). Eating 3500 less calories (per week) equals 1 pound of fat lost (per week). How much can you realistically lose in your desired time frame? What will your workout schedule look like daily? What body parts will you strength train on what days and for how long? How much cardio will you do? What will keep you motivated? How will you reward yourself? How will you avoid injury?

Forget you. Don’t worry about what others think about you. You should not give anyone else your power. You are making change and that takes time so be patient and ignore the stares and whispers and negative comments of naysayers.

Did you make being healthier (or working our more) one of your New Year’s resolutions? How do you plan on achieving them? What are the steps will you’ll take to be successful?

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