The Right New Year's Resolution For You
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With a new year comes New Year's Resolutions.
Research shows about half of Americans make resolutions. No surprise, topping the charts this year is the goal to lose weight. But experts say how you go about making your resolution could be the key to success.
The New Year's Resolution. Always well intentioned, but not always a success.
So what's the best way to go about actually achieving your annual goals? Gainesville Health and Fitness personal trainer Andy Farina says in his experience there are several tools you can use to help set yourself up to succeed.
First, base your resolution on a relationship.
"Pick a resolution that will enhance a relationship that's meaningful to you," he says.
Next, include other people in your resolution.
"Tell people around you what you're trying to do," Farina says, "ask them for encouragement to cheer you on."
He says it's helpful to make resolutions bigger than yourself.
"My clients who are successful, they pick something that will impact the people around them," he says.
But while you're thinking big, you also have to be realistic and "count the cost."
"Do I have the discretionary time to prepare for such a resolution?" Farina says to ask yourself, "So count the cost and talk it over with someone you respect and see if it fits you well."
Finally, make a concrete timeline and break things down.
"Even if you make monthly or yearly goals, you have to break it down into those smaller daily or weekly steps," he says.
Bottom line, a little planning ahead could mean a successful start to the new year.
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