The truth is, most of our resolutions are so grand that they easily become unrealistic to implement in one day. A common resolution we hear is, “I want to exercise 6 days per week starting January 1st!” For someone that is not currently exercising at all, there is a large gap between where they are and where they’d like to be, and it becomes challenging to achieve success in that situation. Starting now would improve the opportunity for success because that person could work their way up to exercising 6 days per week by January 1st. They may start at 3 days per week for the first two weeks, 4 days per week for the next two weeks, and 5 days per week for the two weeks after that. When January 1st hits, they are ready to bump their routine up to 6 days per week. But let’s be honest, going from no exercise to 6 days per week is near impossible for the average Joe!
Be sure to consider the logistics of how your resolution will work with your lifestyle. If the average workday allows for 30 minutes of exercise, a goal to exercise for 60 minutes three times per week is unrealistic. There is always a time component to resolutions no matter what the resolution is, so plan accordingly! And if you are into resolutions, choose one that will change your life. The greater the impact this successful resolution will make on your life, the more likely you will be to follow through! So what are you waiting for? Let’s make 2016 the best year yet by starting those healthy habits now!