New Year Resolutions
Between December and January, we can sometimes go from one extreme to another. We start with a few too many celebrations and indulge in lavish meals and drinks then at the stroke of midnight on 31 December (or more likely the next day) we replace the indulgence with gym memberships, liquid cleanses and kale. This abrupt change on its own, without any other influences, will set us up for failure. Fortunately, there are some great ways to set successful New Year’s resolutions. We’ve put together some tips to help make 2016 your most successful year yet.
Moderation not deprivation
It is scientifically proven that “deprivation causes craving and overeating” while moderation is a more sustainable way of reaching your health goals. Instead of telling yourself that you won’t drink or eat any unhealthy foods , limit those things to an acceptable level.
Measurable is more pleasurable
Most of us have heard of S.M.A.R.T. goal setting, a method of setting goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused and time – bound. The reason this works well is in part because measuring our goals allows us to feel in control and able to physically observe improvements – giving us a sense of accomplishment, which encourages us to continue to improve and ultimately makes us more successful. Ensure each resolution you set has a definite way of measuring your progress. To help keep you accountable, there are a great number of apps and activity trackers you can purchase or download for free to your smart device. You can even set reminders and motivational prompts in your calendar. Remember technology might be your best support group yet.
Fit your New Year’s resolutions into your schedule
Most of us would agree we are time poor yet we often resolve to do things that will require even more time. You must be realistic about the amount of time you have when setting your goals. However, there are ways you can use your time more effectively. If you want to work-out 5 days a week but you don’t have the time to go the gym after work, find other ways to be more active. You can walk, run or ride a bike to work instead of driving or using public transport, or use your lunch break to go for a run or check out a class at the gym. You can also look for ways to increase incidental exercise which is exercise that happens as part of your daily routine. Examples include; taking the stairs rather than a lift or escalator, setting meetings that require you to walk to them and parking in car spots that require you to walk further to your destination.
Don’t look for a quick fix
People tend to think more about things like gym memberships, diet plans, liquid cleanses and exercise equipment in January. Gyms are usually busiest around this time and then the memberships seem to trickle off. The thing to remember with your New Year’s resolutions is to maintain consistent effort throughout the year. Don’t try to pack everything in all at once or you are likely to stop after a short time. Habits are not formed overnight; some studies suggest that habits can take up to 2 months to develop. Whatever the length is, you need to give yourself time.
Make your New Year’s resolutions meaningful
Sometimes we set goals because we think it is what we should be doing but if we don’t truly buy-in from the beginning, we aren’t likely to see them through. Instead of saying that you want to lose weight or be healthier, think of what losing weight or being healthier really means to you. Is it to be more active with your family, to be more outdoorsy with your friends or to be more energised at work? Your New Year’s resolutions should ultimately improve your life and well-being. If you put some time and thought into setting your New Year’s resolutions you are more likely to see them through. Make sure you aren’t depriving yourself, that you can measure and achieve your goals, that you can fit them into your schedule and that you pick sustainable goals that have meaning. From all of us here at Woolworths Life Insurance, we wish you a happy and healthy New Year!