As January quickly passes, many people have already abandoned their New Year’s resolutions. A recent article on Inc.com reports that “Approximately 80 percent of people who make New Year's resolutions have dropped them by the second week of February.” And many people don’t even make it that long. However, Traina Home Grown suggests making small, simple steps toward achieving those “New Year, New You” goals. For those that are looking to lead a healthier lifestyle in 2020, Traina® Home Grown offers the following tips:
Often the reason why people don’t stick to their resolutions is because they make too many — and with too difficult of (or unattainable) results to achieve. Instead of entirely trying to revamp everything all at once, start with priority goals and tackle those first. For example, take one step at a time towards healthier living goals by focusing on nutrition first. Then one healthy habits have been installed in the everyday diet, add in goals of regular exercise, and so on.
It’s also a good idea to plan for success. Once again, if healthier living is the goal, it’s important to create an environment to make achieving that goal easier. Clear out the fridge and pantry of junk food and replace it with fresh produce, whole grains and lean meats, for example. For natural-born “snackers” make some simple swaps. Instead of chips or other processed packaged snacks, have nuts, seeds and Traina Home Grown dried fruit on hand for when a snack craving hits.
Making very specific goals is another great way to help stick to those resolutions this year. Instead of simply “getting healthy” in 2020, break down the goal. For each individual, “getting healthy” is going to mean something different. A specific outline of the goal can help make it more attainable. For example, “lose 15 pounds by March,” “only eat at fast food restaurants once a month ” or “exercise three times a week” are all specific goals. Giving one’s self a timeline also helps keep track of the goal and the progress being made.
Tracking, monitoring and scheduling are all very effective tools for maintaining New Year’s resolutions. Teaming up with a friend or family member to keep one another accountable, signing up for a fitness or “bet” app or writing out each meal that will be made/ate throughout the week are addition small ways that can add up to big progress when it comes to achieving those “New Year, New You” goals.