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It’s Tough Keeping New Year’s Fitness Resolutions

Dorathy Gass

Each and every year, many individuals place a goal of getting into shape or losing weight at the top of their New Year’s resolutions’ list. Well into the first month of 2017, many might still be on track with these goals, and many just might be destined to fail.

As per a Statistic Brain Research Institute study, about 42 percent of individuals across the U.S. made resolutions this new year. What was the most common? Close to 25 percent involved increasing physical activity.

As such, the gyms are jammed in January, which can be frustrating, but don’t lose hope: a majority of these individuals who have made resolutions will give up on them as the months of 2017 progress.

In fact, the report found that 37 percent of individuals who made resolutions in their 20s and 16 percent of those who are 50+, will actually meet their resolution goal. Together, less than 50 percent of all New Year’s resolutions turn into success by mid-year.

So, how can you make it in that ‘winning’ category when it comes to New Year’s fitness resolutions?

First and foremost, humans are social by nature, engaging others or joining a fitness group may be your best bet. Past research has indicated that turning fitness into a social interaction will ensure you are likelier to not miss that work out. You can join a class, ask a friend to become your workout partner, or the ultimate commitment: hire a personal trainer!

Another key to it all is setting a goal and attaching a date to it! Start with smaller goals, that are easier to accomplish, and keep setting the bar. Reaching a short-term goal will help heighten your confidence around setting loftier long-term goals. But, for the interim, sign up for a 5 km walk or run and eventually graduate to higher goals like a 10 km and so on. Studies have also shown that people stick with their fitness routines when they find something they love to do. If you try yoga and that’s not for you, then move on to running, walking, perhaps Pilates, or an exercise bike: the world of fitness is vast and almost endless. Even something like a dance class can keep you fit and feeling good. If you love what you are doing, staying on the right track will be easy.

Also, it’s important to realize that you will have stumbling blocks along the way, things sometimes won’t be easy. If you fall off track one week, it does not mean failure; it just means that you have to get back on that wagon the following week.

At the end of the day, we have all tried our best to keep New Year’s resolutions, whether they are getting fitter, losing weight, quitting smoking, or getting organized. Some will succeed, some will fail; but as long as you give it your best, then you can have zero regrets.

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