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2016 New Year’s Resolution

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As 2015 comes to a close, now is a great time to reflect on the past twelve months and look ahead to 2016. For many, the New Year brings new hope, new adventures, and New Year’s resolutions. If your resolution has anything to do with losing weight or improving your health, keep reading.

Setting a New Year’s resolution isn’t necessarily the challenge, but implementing it can be. Following through to the end can sometimes be harder than expected and lead to failure. The following tips will help you put together a resolution that will have you moving in the right direction in 2016.

Set Realistic Goals. ‘I want it all and I want it now’ is not a practical theme for long-term weight loss success. Pick a resolution that’s challenging and requires focus, but not one that burns you out in the first month. If you have a weight loss goal of 30 lbs for example, break it up into three manageable goals of 10 lbs. Give yourself adequate time, and set secondary goals along the way to you keep you consistently moving forward.

Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses. Pick out your three strongest qualities and incorporate these into your game plan. For example, if you’re well organized, use that to your advantage by mapping out a schedule to keep you on track. On the other hand, do your best to avoid known weaknesses. If you have no self-control around sweets, keep them out of sight. Breaking a bad habit is tough, even when you’re fully committed. So, give yourself a better chance by knowing what to use and what to lose.

Have a Support System. Your New Year’s Resolution starts with you, but it can be supported by friends and family. If you show how important your resolution is to those around you, they will support you and motivate you along the way. Also, by making your intentions clear to others, you will feel a sense of accountability around these people. Another great option is teaming up with a friend or family member who has a similar resolution. This team effort can add much needed motivation and accountability.

Don’t Give Up. So it’s been two months and you’re not quite where you expected to be. That’s okay! As long as you’re making progress and you’re staying motivated, things will happen. If it wasn’t challenging, it wouldn’t be as rewarding in the end. This resolution holds personal importance to you, but you may have to remind yourself of why you’re doing it from time to time.

Reward Yourself Without Sabotage. As you create your resolution, incorporate some rewards into your plan ahead of time. If you hit your secondary goals, for example, go out to dinner at your favorite restaurant for a ‘cheat meal.’ This positive reinforcement only adds to the feeling of accomplishment and can give you a break from your diet. But, remember not to sabotage your overall progress by going overboard with too many rewards.

With the right tools, you can be on your way to crushing your 2016 New Year’s Resolution. Find the motivation and get the results!

How to Finish Strong in 2015

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As the weather turns colder, you may feel your energy levels dropping with the temperature. This causes many people to abandon their workout routines until New Year’s Resolutions come around in January. Don’t be one to let things slip at the end of the year. Practice the following tips to keep your health on track through the remainder of 2015.

Set a new goal. The ‘lose 10 lbs to look good in my swimsuit this summer’ goal is now expired, so it’s time to get creative again. Maybe you’d like to run a 5K with a co-worker or you’ve always wanted to try kickboxing. Now is a great time to set a goal that forces you to try something different – something that challenges you mentally as well as physically. Forget about the pressure of trying to reach a certain weight or pant size and instead, take up a new activity.

Re-evaluate your diet. Just as fresh food options change with the seasons, your diet should never be the same year round. Getting tired of the same old foods day after day? Now is a great time to introduce some new foods into your diet. Get creative and find ways to make the meals of the holiday season fun and healthy.

Keep a journal. Numerous studies show that keeping a food or exercise journal supports positive changes. Sometimes we don’t realize what we eat until we write it down or we’re just too embarrassed to write down some of the things we do eat. As far as exercise, how can you progress if you can’t remember your workouts from last week? Keeping track of all this keeps you moving in the right direction.

Get a friend involved. It feels great to inspire someone to lead a healthier lifestyle, but the unexpected outcome is that while you’re inspiring others, they are inspiring you as well. Support and accountability from those closest to you is a great way to build your relationship while keeping each other on track. Getting a friend involved in that 5K or new exercise routine will be helping you as much as it helps them.

Have fun with it. If exercise seems like a chore, it won’t take long for you to make excuses on why you don’t have time for it. If you hate doing traditional cardio on the treadmill, get into a sports league or join a martial arts class. Exercise should be an enjoyable part of our lives, not something we feel like we have to do. Active people understand that exercise is just part of their lifestyle and they make it as enjoyable as possible.

So while others are making excuses on why they can’t exercise as the year winds down, don’t lose sight of how important a consistent routine is for your body and mind.

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