The new year is approaching fast — and for most of us, it couldn’t get here sooner! 2020 has been a blatantly awful year, with the current pandemic taking a toll on every population around the globe. With so much bad energy going around, most of us are looking towards 2021 as a fresh start and new beginning.
To that end, many have started crafting their new year’s resolutions and are determined to stick with them. Whether it be healthier eating, more physical activity or setting aside time each day to meditate, the allure of a resolution to get you on the right foot in 2021 has never looked more promising.
However, many people often give up on their new year’s resolutions by the end of January. Once the initial adrenaline rush of starting something new wanes after the second week, it’s not uncommon for many of us to call it quits. To avoid being one of those people, read on to learn how to achieve your new year’s resolutions and keep them going until 2022!
Start off slow
Many people set very ambitious resolutions for the new year and set the bar way too high for themselves. Instead of telling yourself that you will completely cut sugar from your diet, try to find a more reasonable balance by simply doing your best to incorporate more vegetables and fish into your diet. By setting more reasonable resolutions for yourself, you’ll be more likely to stick to them rather than calling it quits within the first month.
Make sure to set yourself up for success from the onset by recognizing your limitations and capabilities and then slowly building them up throughout the year. This approach makes it easier to set yourself up for success and keep your motivation going into the next day, week and month.
Set goals in addition to resolutions
Remember that there is a difference between new year’s resolutions and goals. The term “new years resolution” refers to your overall commitment to change, while a goal is a specific action item you set for yourself. You can make a resolution to avoid junk food, hit the gym, or call your grandma every day. However, make sure to set up some goals for yourself as well — so that you have more of a structure to your new year’s plan.
Instead of just vaguely telling yourself to work out more, set up a specific goal for each week. Maybe you want to run 5 miles each week, or lift weights every Monday and Thursday. Setting specific goals will help you achieve your broader resolutions, as this will help give you actionable items to work towards.
Don’t let setbacks dissuade you
One of the most important things to keep in mind is that everyone will fail now and again. You might fail at meeting a goal you set for yourself or staying true to your resolution at some point during the year. This is inevitable and it is just a part of life. However, don’t let a minor setback define the rest of your year.
Regardless of what happens, always continue moving forward with your resolution and goals. Even if you slip up one day or even one week, remind yourself to start fresh the next morning and keep your motivation rolling. Life happens for all of us and things don’t always go according to plan, but keeping a positive attitude and outlook on the year ahead can help you stay on track.
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If you are thinking about your new year’s resolution for 2021, one of them should definitely be to prioritize your health. Consider scheduling some time with a certified physiotherapist, who can help you realign your body and keep you healthy and happy all year long.
Our team of practitioners at Total Health & Sports Performance are trained in various forms of therapy and ready to help you start the new year off right. Call us at 905-487-4488 or visit our website to fill out the contact form and make an appointment today!