How to Make Your New Year's Resolutions Achievable

Published December 21st, 2015 by Dr. Hoder

January is always a time to focus on creating resolutions and setting new goals. Most of the time we are setting goals that focus on health and wellness, and more often than not, abandoning those goals by February. But, here's a few simple things you can do to make sure your New Year's resolutions are actually achievable!

Set a Specific Resolution: Saying something general like "I want to get healthy in 2016" will get you nowhere. Be specific about what your resolution is. For example, "I will lose 25 lbs in the next 6 months by working out 3 times a week and eating healthy every day." If you make it a tangible number and include a time frame, the goal will seem much more achievable.

Make the Action Steps to the Resolution Realistic: The idea behind a resolution is to change something about your life, but change takes time. So if your resolution is to start working out every day when you don't work out at all that is something that will become overwhelming for you. Instead, commit to working out 3 days a week, and when that has become a routine try 4 days a week until you can make every day a week a reality (if that is even possible).

Keep Track of Your Progress: If you've set a specific goal and listed out the action steps needed to get there, the last thing left to do is track your progress. If you've committed to working out 3 times a week, but for one reason or another it doesn't happen, that doesn't mean you've failed. Just work out 4 days a week in the next week to stay on track. There are plenty of apps you can use to stay motivated with your fitness as well. Just make sure to keep track of your progress so that you will stay motivated. 

As you think about your 2016 New Year’s resolutions, keep in mind the small things to include to make sure that you stick to it!

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