6 Tips to Stick to Your New Year Fitness Resolution 2014

Every New Year, millions of people make New Year resolutions. Among the New Year resolutions they make, two that stand out are ‘to lose weight’ and ‘to exercise more’. But that is as far as it gets for most people. You can bet that most of these resolution-makers fall by the wayside in the next 6 months. In fact, statistics prove that generally speaking, 75 percent of people keep their promise the first week, 71 percent the second week, 64 percent by the end of 3 months and even lower or 46 percent at the end of 6 months.

But all things said and done, actually making a resolve to lose weight, rather than just having some vague wishful thinking, is a much better approach. So despair not, if you actually had the guts to make a new year resolution about setting fitness goals, then you are way ahead of those who didn’t. And now that you have made a resolution, here are some good suggestions about how to keep it and stay on track.

Let me be very clear about one thing- there are no shortcuts to success. Resolve and hard work coupled with consistency and pushing yourself through often makes the difference between success and failure.

1) State your goal in realistic terms

Take some time out to think about your goal and how it will benefit you in the short and long term. Then seek to commit to it really hard and make it work. You are often yourself the best judge of what you can realistically accomplish, so use your past experience and make the best bet on yourself to see it through this time.

2) Make sure you are doing it for yourself

Of course, it sounds selfish, but you can only make it stick if you realize that you are doing it for yourself and nobody else- your body gets to benefit most of all.

3) Make your own plan

Setting even a simple plan is better than none at all. It is not wise to spend all day at your computer looking at the best and latest workouts and then getting confused about what work best for you and what would not. You are the best judge of your own level of commitment and fitness and the time and effort it would involve. It should fit into your daily schedule and have a definite time slot with start and ending point. Going through the process in your mind would give you a rough idea of its feasibility.

4) Set mini goals as stepping stones

Always cut down a bigger goal into manageable slices. This makes the smaller goal easier to achieve and gives you a sense of well -being and accomplishment when done. It also doubles your resolve to be able to stick to your plan.

5) Reward yourself

Never underestimate the power of a reward as it makes the whole exercise seem worthwhile and even spurs you on to further achievement. Be careful not to do something you will regret- like a cheat day that puts on half the weight you had lost. Translate it into some other kind of rewards- in a different area of your life.

6) Stick to your goal

It is imperative for any degree of success to materialize that you should stick to your resolve and not back pedal on it. Slowly and steadily wins the race. Use failure as a temporary setback, but learn from it and carry on.