Do things differently this time: stick to your resolutions and goals in 2022 - yes, even the huge ones. These tips will make it easier for you.
Making ambitious New Year's resolutions in December and ultimately not sticking to them - we've all been there. The game is the same every year: We start the new year super motivated, the diet is to be changed, and we want to finally get fit. In fact, these are the two most common resolutions: Eat healthier and lose weight.
But how can it be that despite this collective determination to become fitter, healthier, and happier, 8 out of 10 resolutions have already been broken in February? It doesn't have to be that way, though:Stick to our four tips and finally realize your New Year's resolutions, whether you want to work on your fitness or lose a few pounds.
Wellness and exercise should become part of your daily routine. To achieve this, you need to adopt the right mental attitude. The brain is the most important part of the body when it comes to sticking to your exercise plan.
Start each day with a resolution to move more and keep calling it to mind throughout the day. Get off the bus one stop early and walk the rest. Walk over to your colleague's office instead of emailing them. Make the after-work workout at the gym a part of your daily routine, and soon it will come naturally, and you won't have any excuses.
You don't get fit, lean and healthy overnight.
To achieve these goals, you need to focus on smaller, intermediate goals. It doesn't have to be anything fancy - taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or walking three miles every week instead of two, is already a good start. If you prefer to collect your steps every day in the beginning, you are also doing something good for yourself and your body.Ignore all the supposed overnight changes flaunted on social media and remember that you can change your body with just a few hours of exercise a week - it just takes a little longer to see the results.
Even the way you phrase your resolutions affects whether you keep them. The word "should" is loaded with guilt and shame. You should eat a salad for lunch, you should give up that glass of wine, you should go to the gym. By using the word "should," you are phrasing your resolutions in a negative and noncommittal way. Rather, say that you will go swimming, you will skip the glass of wine, and you will eat healthier. This will help you stay focused and determined.
Sleep tends to be overlooked when it comes to fitness, but it's an essential component. Sleeping prepares you for an active and productive day and sets your body clock. If you're well-rested, you're more likely to give up that latte or sugary snack in the morning.
To become aware of one's New Year's resolutions, there is a goal-setting method that makes it possible to put realistic resolutions into action. The so-called SMART formula is a helpful support that formulates sub-goals to adjust and finally achieve the big New Year's resolutions. The abbreviation SMART stands for:
The SMART formula allows you to have a clear written structure so that the resolutions are mastered, and the necessary actions are listed. It is a little more time- consuming than verbally formulated goals, which are usually not ambitious enough.
If you want to achieve your great New Year's resolution, it is best to keep a concrete, realistic and measurable goal for yourself in writing and precise.
Whether you're trying to lose a few pounds for the year you've started or facing other challenges, start rewarding yourself for small successes, sharing or publicizing them with those around you. After all, a reward does not have to be related to food, sweets or alcoholic beverages. Much more, you can treat yourself with things that bring you joy.
For example, you can take time out from your weekly sports or work once a week and integrate a wellness day. You can also read an exciting book as a reward. Find times during the week when you take moments just for yourself. Likewise, getting a positive response from those around you can give you a sense of friends and will power. Praise and recognition are two important ingredients to keep you motivated and fighting.
"Only together we are strong! "
Success doesn't mean you have to fight for it alone. Working together with friends, family or colleagues also allows you to rise above. Don't close yourself off when you are offered help or actively approach people from whom you would like to receive support. It can be helpful to make regular appointments to exercise with your partner, a friend, or a friend. Continuity is an important foundation for achieving your New Year's resolution. Likewise, group classes offer a great way to socialize with whom you arrange fixed times. However, you can also keep physically fit with your children by doing something together for their well-being. Those who prefer guided and individual training with a trainer can start the new year with personal training, for example.