If you’re like most Americans, you’re probably thinking about the things you’d like to change about yourself in 2018. Maybe you want to get back into the gym, eat more salads, or spend ten minutes each day meditating. Men’s Vitality Center in Tempe is here to support you, whatever your goals might be. In this blog, we’ll go over some statistics about New Year’s resolutions before giving your some tips to set you up for success in 2018.
The Bad News
We’ll get this out of the way first: 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February, and only around 9 percent of people who make resolutions feel that they were successful in achieving their goals. Self improvement and weight-related resolutions constitute three-fourths of all resolutions (44 percent and 32 percent, respectively). These are some of the most important goals a person can set for themselves, so why is that people have such a hard time sticking to their New Year’s resolutions?
The Good News
Most resolutions fail because people set their expectations too high and set goals that they just can’t achieve. However, you can meet your New Year’s resolution if you start with small goals and work your way up to bigger goals. Weight loss isn’t an instantaneous process, and you can’t expect yourself to have six-pack abs by February if you have a substantial amount of weight to lose. If you’re trying to make healthier dietary choices, switching your entire diet at once is likely to quickly burn out your willpower.
Instead of setting enormous goals for yourself, start with small, tangible goals. Try adding vegetables into your diet three days per week instead of stocking your fridge with foods you don’t find particularly appealing. For men seeking to lose weight, it might be helpful to set an initial goal of five to 10 pounds. If your goal is to exercise more, try going to the gym just once or twice a week more than you usually do. From a psychological perspective, starting small helps you to develop good habits and to visualize your goal as something attainable. Rather than viewing your diet as a punishment for prior choices, you’ll begin to view your new diet as an empowering addition to your health regimen.
Setting small goals will also benefit your mental health. Many people fail to achieve their New Year’s resolutions because they berate themselves and feel that any misstep is a total failure. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day of exercise or order dessert at a restaurant. Perfection isn’t attainable, but consistency is. Start the next day with a resolve to stick to your goals and to get back on track.
Try enlisting the help of a friend or spouse to achieve your New Year’s resolutions. You’re less likely to skip the gym if you’ve made a commitment with someone else, and you’re less likely to make poor dietary choices if you have somebody supporting you when you’re out to eat.
Men’s Vitality Center in Tempe is here to help you with any health goals you might have for yourself in 2018. Contact our office today with any questions you might have. Happy New Year!