8 Tips to Help You Stick to Your New Year's Resolution | YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka
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8 Tips to Help You Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

The YMCA Simcoe/Muskoka would like to congratulate those of you who have made a New Year’s resolution this year! Initially, we are excited about our resolutions.  Once they’re made, we look forward to the changes we expect to see and anticipate our lives getting better because of these changes.

According to a study last year in the UK, 65% of adults made a New Year’s resolution to get more fit. Unfortunately, 50% of those quit their resolutions by June.

At some point, we realize that making these changes can be very challenging.  Whether you’re looking to lose a few pounds, quit smoking, change your diet or spend less money, it’s difficult to stick with your new habit. Once the ‘honeymoon phase’ is over, it often seems easier to quit your resolution than it is to quit your bad habit.  In order to stay on track, here are eight useful tips to maintain your resolution and make positive changes in your life:

Make only one resolution

Your chances of success are greater when you channel your energy into changing just one aspect of your behaviour.

Anticipate problems

It could be falling back into bad habits or it could be a conflict with your schedule.  Pre-plan for these, make any necessary corrections and then continue on.

Break your goal down

Break your goal into a series of steps, focusing on creating sub-goals that are concrete, measurable and time-based.

Tell everyone about your goal

Tell your friends and family about your goals. You’re more likely to get support and want to avoid failure.

Make a checklist

To stay motivated, make a checklist of how achieving your resolution will help you.

Reward yourself

Give yourself a small reward whenever you achieve a sub-goal, which will help to motivate you and give you a sense of progress.

Write it down

Make your plans and progress concrete by keeping a handwritten journal, completing a computer spreadsheet or covering a notice board with graphs or pictures.

Expect setbacks

Expect to revert to your old habits from time to time. Treat any failure as a temporary setback rather than a reason to give up altogether.

For more information and tips on how to reach your fitness goals, visit www.ymcaofsimcoemuksoka.ca. Get inspired by visiting us at www.whythey.ca. Join the Y between January 1 and February 28 and pay $0 join fees.

About the YMCA Healthy Hearts Program

The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka is now offering the Healthy Hearts Program, in partnership with the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH). Located at the Barrie and Innisfil YMCAs, the program provides supervised rehabilitation services that are structured based on each individual’s needs and goals. The program is designed to provide a smooth transition from the RVH Cardiac Rehab program and help people regain their strength, reduce the risk of future cardiac episodes and improve their health and quality of life. For more information, please contact the YMCA Healthy Hearts Team at 705-726-6421 ext. 231 or healthyheartsteam@ymca.ca.


Written by Joel Seymour who is a Healthy Hearts Specialist at the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka

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