When the ball drops in Time Square at midnight, marking the beginning of 2015, there’s a frenzy of fireworks, music, and celebration in the streets. It’s exciting, and similar celebrations will be underway across Ohio. But after the confetti is cleared and January 1 officially arrives, how will you make the most of the year ahead?
Positive Changes Start With You
How about making a New Year’s resolution? For decades, the most popular resolutions have been related to health and fitness. Lose weight, get in shape, eat healthier, or run a marathon might be on your list. These are excellent goals to work towards in the coming year. But to avoid giving up and going back to your old ways, you’ve got to have a plan to turn 2015 into your year of success.
In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, researchers found that about 45 percent of adults make New Year’s resolutions. Yet, only 8 percent actually achieve their goal within 12 months. However, you’ll be 10 times more likely to achieve your goal by following these key strategies:
1. Set a Goal – Pick a goal that makes you excited just by thinking about it. For example, Lose Weight is at the top of the list for New Year’s resolutions. Imagine how you’ll look and feel when you achieve your ideal body weight. That mental picture can help you map out a plan to achieve your goal and stay committed to making healthy choices.
2. Be Specific – Once you’ve identified your goal, such as lose weight, eat healthier, or get in shape, get specific. How much weight do you want to lose? (Keep in mind that losing an average of 1 to 2 pounds a week is realistic for most people.) What can you do to improve your eating habits and food choices? What’s your game plan for getting in better shape? Get specific about how you will achieve your goal, and you can create an action plan to help you get there.
3. Track Your Progress
In a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers found that people who wanted to lose weight and kept a detailed food diary lost twice as much weight as those who didn’t track their food choices. Keeping a food diary is a highly effective way to help you shed those unwanted pounds, practice calorie control, and be more aware of your food choices.
But keeping a record isn’t just for dieting. Tracking things like your fitness activities and strength training workouts can provide you with motivation to keep going by helping you see your progress over time. Many mobile apps are available that make this easy to do on your smartphone or tablet.
4. Create a Support Network
If no one knows you’ve made a New Year’s resolution, accountability to yourself isn’t always powerful enough to help you stick to your plan. Create a support network by telling your family and friends what your goal is. Share your New Year’s resolution with your social media friends. Ask the people you know to help you and hold you accountable. You’ll be more likely to stay committed when you know everybody is watching.
5. Work with a Trainer
In the 2015 Worldwide Fitness Trends Survey by the American College of Sports Medicine, working with a personal training is ranked among the top 5 fitness trends of the year. Studies show that working with a personal trainer is a highly effective way to achieve better results in less time than working out on your own.
Are you ready for a change in 2015? We can help. We’ll work with you one-on-one to help fine tune your health and fitness resolutions and develop a customized workout and nutrition plan to help you be successful. You can do this!