Now that 2016 is coming to a close and the holiday leftovers are starting to disappear, it’s a great time to plan a healthier year ahead.
But before you rush off to sign a contract with a personal trainer and max out a credit card on top-of-the-line gym equipment, it’s important to know your limits so that these lifestyle changes will stick with you for a lifetime.
1. Don’t cut out too much at once.
We all have things we’d like to change about ourselves, but making too many resolutions at once can be a recipe for failure. Focus on smaller changes and work yourself up to major adjustments.
2. Understand the behavior behind your habits.
Understanding what makes you slip up in your resolutions can make it even easier to keep up with them. Take some time to figure out your resolution-breaking triggers, and you’ll be less tempted in the long run.
3. Don’t beat yourself up for slipping up on a resolution.
It’s probably going to happen – you’re going to backslide. Instead of beating yourself up about it or worse, scrapping the resolution completely, understand that a healthier road is still going to have a few bumps along the way. Instead, learn from the misstep and continue onward!
4. Focus on a healthy balance to keep the resolution going.
For example, instead of cutting out fried food completely, limit yourself to one cheat day a week. You’re much more likely to stick to a resolution if it’s not completely restrictive from day one.