Most of us make New Year's Resolution-- perhaps to lose weight, quit smoking, or hit the gym more--but most of us don’t follow through. Chances are you enter the new year with a gung ho attitude that quickly dwindles as the year progresses and life gets in the way.
According to Nielsen data fitness resolutions are among the most popular. In 2015 37% of people made resolutions to stay fit and healthy and 32% of people made resolutions to lose weight. The problem with this is that most of these people don’t actually stick to their goals. In 2014 76% of people reported they did not follow a weight loss or diet program.
Don’t get too down on yourself if what we explained above has happened to you! (It’s the majority of people). If you have plans to commit to healthier lifestyle in 2016, whether it be eating better, getting fit, or exercising, we have some simple tips to help your reach your goals! It won’t be easy, but with a little planning, accountability, and a positive attitude you will be able maintain your resolutions, big or small!
When the ball drops we usually feel a rush of excitement for a fresh new start. Slow down! When making a New Year's resolution you don’t want to set yourself up for failure with a resolution that that may be too extreme to reach.
Forget the goals like “I will go to the gym everyday this year”, or “I will you only eat salad”. Instead, try making sensible goals like “I will go to the gym at least three times a week”, or “I will cut out junk food and fast food out of my diet.” These goals are realistic and good starting points for a bigger goal of an overall healthy lifestyle.
Once you have decided on a realistic goal for yourself that you are confident you can succeed put your pen to paper. When you write your goals out on paper you’re turning your resolution into something tangible. Maybe you have a chalkboard in your kitchen that you want to write a little reminder on, or a journal you write in every day.
If your goal is to eat better or lose weight it’s a smart idea to keep a log of your progress. A written record of what you have eaten and any physical activity you have done will help you better pinpoint any bad habits you have and things your can work on. Not to mention, it will encourage you when you see how your healthy lifestyle is evolving day by day!
One thing that many people shy away from is sharing their resolutions with their inner circle. This is a defense mechanism for those that are worried they may fail. Instead, tell everyone your know, and be proud of your goals! It’s a big deal that you want to make healthy life choices, and your courage to make healthier choices may just inspire those around you!
Friends and family can be great support system and will ultimately hold your more accountable! One great way to share your journey is through social media or a blog. By sharing your progress online you will feel more accountable to stick to your resolution and succeed!
Boxtera is running a photo competition through the month of January to help keep our subscribers on track. Show us how you use Boxtera to stay healthy, share your photos with the hashtag #BoxteraResolution on Facebook & Twitter.
You should always seek inspiration and advice from people on similar journeys to yours. There are tons of bloggers out there that are passionate about healthy living, and their success (and failures) will be sure to inspire you to keep on going.
Subscribe to your favorite blogs or newsletters and take a few minutes each day to read them. Not only is the success of others a huge inspiration, but it’s an opportunity to make connections with like-minded people through the comment section!
We’re all human and we all get off track from time to time. Rather than reverting back to your old (unhealthy) ways after each failure, think of it as a minor setback! Giving up all together because you got off track once is the easy way out!
In fact, rewarding yourself is something we strongly suggest! If that means a sweet treat after a grueling workout, go for it! (check out smart snacks from our shop here)
We hope that these tips will help you keep your healthy eating resolutions in the year of 2016 and beyond! This is your year.