One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, year after year, is to get fit and eat healthy.  During the month of January, grocery stores can’t keep enough fresh produce in stock and gyms are bursting at the seams, but come February, gyms are empty and fast food drive-thru lines become a little longer.  Staying motivated is easier said than done, especially when life gets busy and stressful.  Who wants to go suffer through a painful, sweaty cardio session after a long day at work, right?  But, as we all know, regular exercise and a healthy diet are a vital part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and preventing chronic diseases.  Below are a few tips that will help you make an achievable New Year’s resolution and stay motivated to stick with your resolution all year long.

  1. Don’t try to do it all at once.  By trying to completely change your exercise and eating habits all at once, you will quickly become overwhelmed and frustrated and be more likely to give up.  Make small weekly goals, like packing a healthy lunch every day for a week or going for a walk every evening, and build upon those things.
  2. Plan rewards.  Small rewards are great encouragement to keep you going during the hardest first days.  Allowing yourself to buy a new pair of running shoes after you are able to run a full mile without stopping, or a new water bottle that will help you drink more water while you’re at work are all great motivation to keep going!
  3. Plan Ahead.  To ensure success you need to do a little research into the changes you plan to make and plan ahead so you have resources available when you need them.  To make your healthy New Year’s resolution easier, plan healthy meals and a grocery list ahead of time and make plans in advance to exercise so you know you will have time to do it.
  4. Accept Failure and learn from it.  If you do fail and eat something unhealthy or miss a workout, it isn’t the end of your journey! Perseverance is the key to success.  Try again, and then keep trying and you will succeed.
  5. Go for it!  Make a commitment and hold your self accountable.  Use this New Year’s as a catalyst for a fresh start by starting right away, keeping it small, giving yourself time and making a plan that is simple, doable, and as detailed as possible.

Happy New Year’s and Good Luck!