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Tips for Keeping Your New Year Resolutions from Your Denver Wellness Center

January 24, 2018

The New Year is the perfect time to reflect on ways you would like to improve for the next 365 days. However, over 80 percent of resolutions fail roughly a month into the new year. This happens due to unrealistic goal setting and poor planning. The key to being successful with anything is properly planning. As you decide what you would like to improve upon in 2018, you need to create your roadmap. This will ensure success, so in December of next year, you will be proud of yourself. Learn successful tips for making resolutions and goal setting, weight and fitness assistance, and ways your Denver wellness center will help you meet your New Year resolutions.

How to Make a Resolution

You may have a resolution in mind. The key to finalizing it is to be specific. You could start by saying “I would like to lose weight,” or, “I want to fun my first 5K.” While these may seem specific, you need to fine tune it to be as specific as possible. For instance, instead of saying you would like to lose weight in 2018, specify a realistic amount. If you are going to set a fitness goal, make sure you factor in the environment and steps needed.

Some of the most common resolution types people make include:
  • Becoming healthier
  • Creating better budgeting habits
  • Being more organized
  • Fitness and fine tuning
  • Enjoying time with friends and family
  • Saving for a goal (i.e. down payment for car or house)
  • Decreasing or eliminating debt
  • Learn a new skill
  • Develop a hobby
  • Travel

Setting Yourself Up for Success

No matter what resolution you choose, planning is your only way to success. This starts with your specific goal. This could be “I would like to lose 10 pounds next year.” Next, how will you get there? What will it take? Consider what your year will look like for you to reach that goal. Will there be sacrifices? How will you handle challenges? Determining situations that can get in the way of success is a plan that will lead you to it. When you know the specific issues that can get in your way, you will be better prepared to face them.
Another way to help you succeed is to find someone with a similar interest to hold you accountable. This can work both ways as you can help them reach their goal, too. When you have a go-to person, or group of people behind you surrounding a cause, it helps to keep your priorities mixed into your everyday life. If working with a friend, set a time each week or a couple times a month to check in with each other. It can be as simple as a texting status update. If you have several people, create a Facebook group. This is a great way to communicate with each other, share tips, and more.

Creating Goals and Milestones

In order to be successful with your New Year’s resolutions, you must have a roadmap for success. This includes goals and milestones along the way.

First, think about your specific goal. Have you tried it before, and failed? Look at where you fell short and add something in to help you during your timeline. Set up bi-monthly or monthly milestones to hit for your realistic goal. For instance, if you would like to lose weight—choose a specific amount. Research what realistic looks like, so for weight loss, losing one to two pounds per week is healthy.

You could say “I would like to lose 30 pounds.” Take into consideration how many pounds you can realistically lose in a month, then multiply it out. You could have a goal of five pounds per month, helping you reach your goal in six months. However, it never hurts to build in padding. You may have something unexpected occur. If you feel you haven’t met your goal, it can drive you to lose your progress. As you build your goals and milestones, include contingency plans. This applies to any goal. Create an overarching goal, smaller goals to supplement it along the way, and what you will need for success.

Weight, Health, and Fitness Tips

A majority of New Year’s resolutions are related to one’s weight, health, and fitness. It is especially important to properly plan for these types of goals.
  • Weight: When it comes to weight loss, everyone is different. What works for a friend may not work for you. It is important to find what works for you to make it easier to manage. If you use a method like calorie counting, or a diet plan such as Weight Watchers, if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t mean you failed and can’t achieve your goal. It just means that method isn’t right for you. Try something else, and continue to try until you find success. A wellness center will assist with this.
  • Health: There are many ways you can improve your health. Aim to curb bad habits, such as smoking, excessive drinking, a lack of sleep, added stress, and more. Next, look at your body mass index (BMI). You can calculate your body mass index to see if you are in the overweight or obese categories. This will also help you set your loss goals. You can also invest in a heat rate monitor to measure your activity levels and resting heart rate. A resting heart rate, which is how many beats per minute you have at a resting state, in the 60 to 100 beats per minute range is healthy. If you exceed 100, it can lead to health issues.
  • Fitness: Similar to weight loss, it is important to find ways you enjoy when creating a fitness routine. If you hate running, don’t feel like you have to! You may enjoy strength training or swimming more instead. You can talk to your wellness center expert on ideas to incorporate into your routine.
To help you succeed, work with Cherry Creek Wellness Center. From one-on-one physical therapy, to health and nutrition goal setting, our team will ensure you meet your 2018 resolutions. We can even help you when you are recovering from an injury. Contact us today at 303-333-3493 to see how we can help you have a great New Year!