9 Tips to Increase Your Fitness Resolution Success


by Jared Ballard

8% achieve resolutions, 9 tips to increase your success.

It's not surprising that health centered goals occupy 4 of the top 10 resolutions every year, for both men and women. At the beginning of the year everyone wants to feel better, eat better and be better. However, only 45% of Americans make New Years resolutions. Out of that group only 46% stick with their resolutions longer than 6 months. Finally, only 8% feel that they actually achieved their resolutions.
 
Below are 9 reasons that people fail to keep their resolutions and what you can do to increase your chances for success.
 

1.Going at it alone.

Most people are self-conscious. They do not want to bring attention to themselves or make themselves vulnerable by divulging their goals. What if they fail? For most, reaching out and telling people what they plan on achieving is hard. Asking people to join them is even harder. Personally, I hate it. I hate asking others to work out with me or go for a run. I hold myself back from asking people to join me by thinking thoughts like, "I will hold them back. They are stronger and faster than me. They won't want to go with me again. I will look like a fool at the gym." The voice in my head beats me down before I even get started. However, if you are serious about your resolutions you need to fight back. You've got to stop caring what other people think and tell people your plans and ask for help. You can't reach your goals alone and you will be surprised how many people are willing to help you along your way.
 

2. Lofty Resolutions

When we start a New Year we feel invincible, but we must remember that most resolutions take time. Resolutions usually take longer than a day to achieve. Honestly, aggressive resolutions take years to achieve and those years are filled with several ups and downs. If you have lofty resolutions, break them down into manageable goals that provide rewards along the way. 
 

3. Giving Up Too Easily.

This goes hand in hand with lofty resolutions. I don't know how many times I have tried to lose weight or put on muscle only to be discouraged after a week of dieting or getting up early to hit the weights and after that week I feel like I look the same. The only comfort I find in those moments is a large glass of milk, a dozen Oreos and skipping my workout the next morning. Well, at least I tried, right? No! You can not afford to give up! Let your workout buddies know that you are discouraged and having a hard time. Then step away from the cookies. Success will come! I promise you.
 

4. Time Management.

Life gets overwhelming, especially when you are chasing your goals. I am not sure why this is, but it always happens. You set a goal and then life takes control. You find that you can't go to the gym for an hour everyday. That's ok! There are other options. Take the stairs. Park in the farthest part of the parking lot. Every hour, stop what you are doing and do 10 push ups. Just get creative, but whatever you do, don't stop.

5. Financial Burdens

Many of us look at the costs of gym membership, supplements, healthy eating and equipment and think it costs too much. We think that we can't afford our resolution, so we give up. Again, be creative. The shoes you have right now are ok to run in. You don't have to be in a gym to do push ups. There are always ways to achieve your goals. And yes, your friends can help you come up with solutions.
 

6. Unrealistic Resolutions

Unrealistic resolutions are killers. My body type is more like Zach Galifianakis (pre weight loss) than Zac Efron. No matter what I do, I will never achieve that Adonis physique. However, I can live a healthy way of life and achieve a physically fit appearance. Be realistic on how many resolutions that you can achieve in a year. To be honest, one solid resolution is sufficient for most people. Don't try to set multiple resolutions for the year. This can be overwhelming.
 

7. The Wrong Reasons

Why are you setting a resolution? Are you trying to do what you think others expect of you? Are you worried you won't have anything to say when people ask, "What's your New Years resolution?" 
 
Stop focusing on what you think others expect, and go after what you want. This will ensure that you are passionate about your resolution and get you through the tough times. It's hard to be passionate about someone else's dream.
 

8. No Forgiveness

We are naturally hard on ourselves and the older we get the more we are set in our ways. Have a playful child-like attitude! It's this attitude that even after falling hundreds of times, a child never stops trying to walk. Don't get down on yourself when you fall. Stand back up and try it again.

9. Not Believing in Yourself

I believe in the great philosopher Dory when she said "Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming". We can do this! Your past doesn't matter. You have got to believe you have greatness inside you. All successful people have had to pass through hell and overcome seemingly unbeatable odds to achieve greatness. Each one had a decision to make. Do they stop or do they just keep swimming? It will be hard, you will be knocked down many times, but you have got to just keep swimming. 

9. Not Believing in Yourself

I believe in the great philosopher Dory when she said "Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming". We can do this! Your past doesn't matter. You have got to believe you have greatness inside you. All successful people have had to pass through hell and overcome seemingly unbeatable odds to achieve greatness. Each one had a decision to make. Do they stop or do they just keep swimming? It will be hard, you will be knocked down many times, but you have got to just keep swimming. 

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