It seems that every year, people let go of their routine due to the change of events that the holidays bring. Come January 1st, people are ready to make a change. How many years have your New Years resolutions been the same exact goal? Make this year different with these helpful tips.
- Limit Your Alcohol Consumption: During the holidays, people tend to drink more. Instead of making drinking your default way of celebrating things, try new healthy ways to bond with loved ones such as going on a walk, playing board games, and working out as a family.
- Eat Smaller, More Frequent Meals: Spread out your holiday meals. For big family gatherings, break your big meals into 2! (Example: Having a New Years lunch and a New Years dinner)
- Find Fun Home Workouts: You don’t have to drive across town and go to the gym for an hour to see results. Use home workout videos to get in short, sweet, 10-30 min workouts from the comfort of your home.
- Make SMARTER Goals: Instead of your New Years resolution being “to lose weight” or “to feel less stressed,” make more achievable goals by using the acronym “S.M.A.R.T.E.R.” This acronym stands for Specific, Measurable, Accepted, Realistic, Time bound, Exciting, and Recorded. Implementing this acronym gives you a better way to track progress on your goals.
- Create an Action Plan: Going beyond the goal setting strategy, create an action plan so that you can see what daily steps you need to take to achieve your time-bound goal.
- Hire a Coach: Take out the guess work and hand over the planning to a professional. By just having to implement what to do, you will feel much less overwhelmed by starting new habits.