10 Tips To Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

It’s easy to make the resolution and sometimes easy to get started, but how do you keep your promise to yourself and not revert to old habits? 

As January 1 rolls around again you may be taking a look at your life and resolving to make changes to areas we are not happy with - including your health and fitness. It’s easy to make the resolution and sometimes easy to get started, but how do you keep your promise to yourself and not revert to old habits?

Nicole Mitsigeorgis, Fitness First Personal Trainer at Hindmarsh SA says it can be hard to change your habits but with some simple tips you can have a fitter and healthier 2013.

“Did you know that on average only 20% of us keep our new year’s resolutions,” said Mitsigeorgis.

“Some of the biggest failures, unfortunately, are fitness resolutions. But don’t let the statistics get you down - this year it’s time to make those New Year’s resolutions count.”

By following these simple tips from Nicole you’ll be better prepared to create a new you in the New Year.

1: Be Realistic

Avoid picking unrealistic resolutions as you’re likely to set yourself up for disappointment and failure. By choosing some realistic and achievable resolutions you’re more likely to stay motivated and ultimately be successful.

2: Write It Down

Don’t just think about your resolutions – put it down on paper! By writing down your goals you’re sending a message to your brain that you’re committed. So, at the beginning of the year write down your resolutions and put it up where you can see it so you’re reminded everyday of what you’re trying to achieve.

3: Break It Down

Don’t just set yourself an ultimate goal – break it down into several smaller goals that you can achieve throughout the year. By having smaller achievements along the way you’re more likely to stay motivated and achieve your resolution. For example, if your resolution is to lose 30kg in a year, your smaller goals could be to lose 2-3kg each month.

4: Plan To Overcome Obstacles

Don’t assume that it’s going to be smooth sailing – you must plan on approaching obstacles along the way to achieving your resolution. What kind of obstacles are you likely to run into? Whether it’s financial, time, lack of support, or motivation related, you must identify these obstacles and come up with specific ways you can overcome them.

5: Ask Family and Friends to Help

Asking family and friends to help is a great way to keep you accountable. Let them know about your resolutions and what you’re trying to achieve. Why not convince a family member or friend to make a resolution with you? That way you can use each other for accountability.

6: Seek Professional Advice

Sometimes help from family and friends isn’t enough. You may find that you’ll need expertise help from a trained professional. If your resolutions are fitness related, seek out a personal trainer, or if they are nutrition related, seek out a dietician – this may help you fast track your results.

7: Set Yourself Up For Success

Stay positive! Surround yourself with positive people who are going to encourage you to achieve your goals. Avoid negative people as they will drag you down and sabotage your efforts. Have some inspiring quotes, pictures or photos? Put them up in places where you can see them every day to help keep you motivated.

8: Give It Time

Don’t expect to achieve your resolutions over night. It can take up to 21 days to change or develop a new habit and up to 6 months for it to become a part of your life. This is where consistency and smaller, short-term goals become critical to success.

9: Follow Up Your Goals

This is where keeping a journal becomes helpful. When you write down your goals make sure you write down follow up dates for each one. This will not only help you track your results, but also help you realise if you need to change or alter your goals. Things change frequently, and your goals may be very different in July to when you made your original resolutions in January.

10: Reward Yourself

With every small goal you achieve along the way make sure you reward yourself. Just make sure the reward is appropriate, for example, if you lose 5kg in a month don’t reward yourself with food. Alternatively, reward yourself with a massage, facial or a new outfit.

Fitness First is committed to making Australia fitter so this new year make some real, lasting changes to your fitness habits for 2013.

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