How to Stick to Your New Year’s Health Goals

New Year, New You. How to actually stick to those new year’s resolutions.

The new year, 2019, is here and after the indulgent holiday, everyone is ready to get back into shape. Perhaps you have already set those goals and plan to start today, January 1st. You may have set these same goals in 2018 and never got around to them or stopped after the Valentine’s Day chocolate. If that’s you, follow these tips to make sure you won’t continue to lose and gain the same 10 pounds every year.

One of the best ways to stick to your goals is not to have just one singular long-term goal, but several short-term goals. If your goal for 2019 is just “lose weight,” you may quickly give up on yourself since that goal is not specific and will take some time to achieve. You should determine exactly what you want to do so that this is not a diet, or temporary period, but a lifestyle change. Instead of saying you want to lose 30 pound in the year, set smaller goals such as wanting to lose 3 pounds every month to keep you motivated for the larger, long-term goal. You want to be specific and honest with yourself so that your resolution can turn into a lifestyle.

To stick to your goals, you can make it a bit more fun by having a partner or friend join you. It’s always nice to have someone who can help you along the ride. You can ask a friend or person you met at the gym. Even if you don’t have a friend who is exactly on the journey with you, joining a fitness class or fitness group can always help for motivation. Regardless, finding someone who can hold you accountable will help you stick to your goal because you will always be reminded that you are not alone.

While you are on this journey, don’t forget to reward yourself. And by reward, this does not mean with large fries and a chocolate shake. You don’t want to go off track with your reward but you do deserve to treat yourself after reaching one of your short-term goals. Let the reward stay in the same vicinity as your goals. Such as buying yourself a new fitness tracker, getting some new fitness/activewear, or treating yourself to the spa after intense workouts. These rewards will keep you motivated and on track to eventually reach your long-term goals.

Keep in mind that in order to stick to your goals, you will need to be focused and patient with yourself. You will have challenges but do not give up and remember that consistency is key. If you stay committed, you may end up being part of the few who actually stick to their New Year’s Resolution.