We’ve made it halfway through the first month of the new year. How is your New Year’s Resolution coming?
Although about 60% of us make a New Year’s Resolution each year, only about 8% of us stick to them or achieve them by the end of the year. And most of us who fail to keep our resolutions fail before February.
By far the most common resolutions people make each year revolve around exercising more or incorporating healthier habits into their day-to-day lives. At Orthology, we know how impactful moving more can be, so read on to find four techniques that might help you keep your resolution to move more this time around.
Setting a broad resolution like “exercise more” might seem like it’s enough to get you started. But a clear, specific goal is easier to set your mind to. Instead of “exercise more,” set a goal to do 100 pushups in a row without stopping, or to run a 5k in under 30 minutes. Specific long-term goals can be broken down into smaller, shorter-term goals to help you make progress—and experience success—throughout the year.
Change is hard enough already. Instead of trying to revolutionize your entire lifestyle, focus on one small change at a time. Focus is built in to specific goals such as in the examples above. But if you set a broader goal like “being more active” for 2020, focusing on one small aspect of that goal at a time, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or taking a short walk every hour, will make your habits stickier and more likely to succeed.
If your New Year’s Resolution is to run a 5k in under 30 minutes, but it’s been a while since you’ve run any distance at all, don’t expect to rack up miles in running sessions every day of the week. Instead, start by just getting moving, whether it’s on a treadmill, a stationary bike or an elliptical. Soreness, aches and pain are often successful roadblocks to sticking to a resolution—and you can avoid most of them by easing into your new routine.
Ups and downs are inevitable. Don’t let missteps or lapses derail you, and instead focus on what you can do to get back on track. And, when things are going well, don’t forget to celebrate small successes along the way.
Orthology is here to help you achieve your goals, whether you’re gearing up for your very first 5k or you’re working towards your fastest marathon finish ever.