Chances are, you’ve made New Year’s resolutions in the past and then broken them. This year, stop the cycle of resolving to make a change and then not following through. If your resolution is to take better care of yourself, and get healthy and fit, you will have a much better year if your resolution sticks. Here are ten tips to help you get started.
The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unattainable. For instance, resolving to NEVER eat your favorite food again is just setting you up for failure. Instead, strive for a goal that is more attainable, such as avoiding it more often than you do now.
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Don’t make your resolution on New Year’s Eve. If you wait until the last minute, it will be based on your mindset that particular day. Instead, it should be planned well before midnight strikes and the ball drops in Times Square.
CREATE A PLAN
Decide what type of exercise you will do picking an exercise that works for you, and that you enjoy. No need to switch out your watch or start a new activity, Garmin Vivofit 3 from Buydig.com recognizes when your movement changes so you can go from walking to a run, or cycling to swimming in no time. Determine when you will you exercise and stick with those days and times so you are working out at the same time each week. Don’t burn yourself out before you even start. Start out slow with as little as 10 minutes per session and slowly build up to at least 30 minutes per workout.
TALK ABOUT IT
Social support is critical so don’t keep your resolution a secret. Share your goals with friends and family members who will be there to support you, join challenges and compete against others through Garmin Connect on your Garmin Vivosport from Buydig.com. Having support from those around you will dramatically increase your odds of success.
This doesn’t mean that you can eat an entire box of chocolates if your resolution is to eat healthier. Instead, celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that doesn’t contradict your resolution. If you’ve been sticking to your promise to eat better while monitoring your calories burned with your Vivofit 3 while exercising for example, reward yourself with new fitness clothing or by going to a movie with a friend. Just don’t overindulge in the buttered popcorn!
TRACK YOUR PROGRESS
Short-term goals are easier to keep, and each small accomplishment will help keep you motivated. Instead of focusing on losing 25 pounds, focus on losing the first five. Your Vivofit 3 learns your current activity level and assigns an attainable daily goal and helps you keep track of each small success. It will gradually nudge you toward a healthier lifestyle by adjusting your goal for the next day as you meet your milestones.
DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP
Obsessing over the occasional slip won’t help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day, and take one day at a time.
STICK TO IT
It takes about 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. It won’t happen overnight, so be persistent and patient!
January brings optimism and new beginnings. If you’ve been waiting to set a goal for yourself, now’s the time to do it.