Which resolutions did you make for 2019? A survey of 2,000 people at the start of the year found that 71% of people made a resolution to eat more healthily while 65% of people cited getting more exercise as their goal.
Some time has passed and while some of us will be on track, statistics suggest that the majority won’t. But whatever your resolutions were, now’s a great time to take stock, feel good about progress—and make tweaks if there’s still some way to go.
First of all, what went right? Did you manage those extra daily steps drink more water? It’s worth recognising where your good intentions have turned into habits, even if they’ve slipped from time to time.
But what about if your plan to exercise four times a week has hit the skids, or your healthy eating regime has turned a little, um, indulgent? There’s still plenty of time to progress towards your goals. Here are our top tips for getting back on track, so you can make 2019 the year you always wanted it to be:
• Learn from the past few months: What did you find easy or hard, and why? By identifying what works and doesn’t work for you, you can make tweaks to your approach to meeting goals.
• Set micro-goals: Incremental goals like aiming to walk 10,000 steps every day for a month or tracking your food daily for a week can feel more manageable than lofty long-term ambitions. Setting and adjusting goals on a shorter-term basis means you’re less likely to quit.
• Celebrate your successes… healthily: Every victory or milestone met deserves recognition! But keep rewards on the healthy side. How about a new drinks container for your protein shakes, or new running socks or trainers once you complete the distance you’ve been working towards?