New Years Eve is often seen as a time of rebirth, the chance to start anew for the following year. We all come up with the regular resolutions for the upcoming year, whether they’re to lose weight, or quit smoking, or just making the decision to be more positive in your daily life. Of course, those are all sensible and noble goals to achieve for anybody. Specifically, the desire to rule out any negative thought patterns and purely live through a positive mind-frame. Motivation. In harsh times, and during a time in our country where there is so much confusion, hatred and disarray floating about, motivation is one of the most under appreciated personal tactics we have.
Over 40% of the country makes a resolution to accomplish in the new year, but only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals, according to research done by the University of Scranton. You’re motivated, but something still seems to get in the way. Are there too many competing priorities that just get in the way and distract someone from being able to, say, lose weight or build some muscle in a particular part of their body? It may depend on the goal itself.
Be specific about your New Year’s Resolutions
It’s important to stay realistic and choose something tangible, select a goal that is bounded by rational, achievable metrics. “Losing weight” might be a bit too vague. “It is much easier to follow a plan that says no potato chips, fries, or ice cream for six weeks,” says Roy Baumeister, a social psychologist. Vague resolutions will produce vague results. Being specific will allow for a much larger possibility of success. It doesn’t need to be something huge or incredibly challenging – it’s perfectly fine to pace yourself. With exercise specifically, this is something a lot of people tend to forget.
Don’t overdo it
It’s never a good idea to just launch into a heavy, strict exercise regimen and routine when you’ve never really done anything that excessive before. Your body isn’t used to that kind of stress and pressure, and you’re liable to give up quickly before achieving any kind of results. You’ll tire yourself out early on. Knowing your own body and knowing your limitations is an important key to success.
Using tech can help
According to Nielsen, “stay fit and healthy” is the most popular New Year’s resolution in 2015. Along with proper diet and exercise, Americans are slowly becoming more comfortable with using technology to help them achieve their health and wellness goals. Smartphones have single-handedly transformed us into an app-driven society over the past half-decade. 34% of U.S. citizens say they plan to use smartphone apps to help them support their weight loss objectives. Tech watches, calorie trackers and dozens upon dozens of apps can all be helpful.
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