Many people make New Year's resolutions each year and never follow through. 80% of resolutions fail by February. Of the 40% of Americans who resolve to change their ways at the beginning of each new year, only 9% report succeeding, according to the research group Statistic Brain Research Institute. According to a poll conducted by YouGov last month, eating better and exercising more are the top two New Year's resolutions for Americans in 2018.
Resolving to improve your health is always a great goal, no matter what time of year it is. We only get one body – you can't choose another one. Resolutions can keep you focused on continually improving your health and lifestyle. You can use resolutions as a tool to help get you closer to your personal goals.
If you've had trouble in the past, start with small goals. For example:
Get some physical activity daily. This often seems like a big hurdle if you are out of the habit! At the Hawai'i Pacific Health 360° Weight Management Center, we generally advise our patients to just start with 10 minutes a day to get you going. Daily walking has been shown in studies to improve motivation levels for everything you do.
Resolve to try writing down everything you eat for one week, without necessarily forcing yourself to "change" right away. The act of writing and observing yourself can be a powerful tool. also, avoid attempting overly lofty goals that you are likely to abandon.
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