December is here and therefore the New Year is just around the corner. January 1 represents not only a new year, but a fresh start for many people. It is a time to hit the reset button and establish better habits. Gyms will be packed, the healthy options in the grocery store will be picked over, and folks will substitute water for soda at lunch. With that said, we all have seen this annual trend fade just months or weeks into the calendar. Self-discipline is difficult and life has a devious way of getting in the way. However, these few, small actions can help you toe the line and adjust your lifestyle for good:
- Start your resolution now. Do not wait until the symbolic January 1 to establish your new routine. Get a jump start on your actions and habits before the holidays and this will motivate you through the New Year.
- Choose manageable goals. Too often, we shoot for the stars and forget about the intermediate steps. Lofty goals are wonderful, but don't except to get there in a matter of days. Set a long-term goal of where you want to be at the end of the year and then quarterly benchmarks to monitor your progress.
- Get involved. Join a gym, find a running group, or establish your own workout group. It will be easier to stick to your routines if you are alongside of others with similar goals. Plus, you can use the power of others to push yourself further than you may individually.
- Find an accountability partner. This person is designed to keep you honest and motivated. Regardless of the group you may workout with, you should check in with this person daily regarding your workouts and/or eating habits