What comes hand in hand with the festivities of the New Year is the making of resolutions for the year ahead, usually involving things that we want to improve about ourselves. We have all been in the situation before where we make a gigantic new years resolution and when we inevitably break it in a few weeks time we feel horrible about ourselves. Our self-confidence is dealt a huge blow as we feel that we cannot achieve anything that we set out to accomplish. Sound familiar?
The vast majority of New Year's Resolutions fall by the wayside before the end of January that year. Why, you may ask?
The reason is very simple, when you think about it. The majority of new years resolutions are made as a reaction to something negative in one's life; for example a person no longer wants to feel overweight so they vow to not eat chocolate for a whole year. It is incredibly difficult, dare I say impossible, to develop momentum and motivation from a negative response like this. Wouldn't you agree that it is so much easier to move towards something in life, like a larger and more holistic goal, than to cut someone out of your life altogether? There is no excitement or enjoyment to be had by the prospect of not eating chocolate for a year, as it involves deprivation. How can you expect yourself to stick to such a strict resolution for a whole year if you cannot get excited about it?
One of the most frequently made and broken resolutions involves weight loss. The results of these resolutions speak for themselves. A reputable survey conducted in 1998 revealed that more than 3/4 of all women aged 24 to 54 years make diet and weight loss plans each year. Almost 9 out of 10 of these participants reported only occasional or no success, with nearly half of the women losing no weight or even gaining kilograms instead.
The only way to stick to a new years resolution, whether it be to lose weight, to earn more money, to finish a university degree, is to ENJOY what you are doing. If you don't enjoy working at your job or studying, you are unlikely to achieve the for mentioned goals. In regards to weight loss, you are unlikely to accomplish and maintain your resolution unless you are able to get excited and motivated about your goal. You must be motivated by a goal much greater and more positive than just losing weight. You must see yourself living a healthy, holistic lifestyle. When you think like this, you begin to act like someone who is in good physical shape. Find healthy foods that you love to eat by experimenting with different recipes and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Discover what exercise you love to do, whether it be swimming, running, walking, PILATES, tennis, bike-riding, rock-climbing, and do this exercise frequently. If you cannot find one particular form of exercise that you love, mix it up by doing several different things, so you do not get bored. It's easy to see why people who go to the gym lose motivation. Imagine doing the same routine of cardio, squats, lunges, pushups and weights everyday or every few days. Even the most determined and motivated person may find this boring and unstimulating.
Another useful tip to help you stick to a resolution is to be held accountable for them. This means include every person in your life in your goal. Tell your friends, your family, your mother, your children, your mailman. This way you have people in your life that will support and motivate you through this goal as well as holding you accountable for achieving your resolution. Studio Pilates International 30 Day Challenge is a great idea for anyone who wants to lose weight and get fit and toned whilst being held accountable for their actions. The program provides you with numerous tools to encourage you along the way, such as recipes, cardio programs, and a results coach who is on hand to help you with any questions you may have.
Lastly, the majority of weight loss resolutions that are made are extremely unrealistic. Some of the more out of reach ones include no alcohol, no junk food, or no carbs for a whole year. Even a saint would be unable to keep these resolutions! Why not make a resolution to control your portion sizes with each meal? Or to limit you alcohol intake to only 1 glass a week?
Studio Pilates International wishes you all the best with your resolutions for 2016!