“Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.”
– Jim Rohn
There is so much to love about the calendar moving into a New Year, not the least of which is leaving 2020 behind! Many make resolutions to improve their health and well-being – often with the best of intentions. Marvellous.
Inevitably, February arrives (or even the second week of January!) And we find ourselves falling back into old habits and neglecting new intentions. So how can you make and keep your New Year’s resolution to healthier living? Franklin Track and Field Club is here to help you with these simple, achievable, and realistic tips!
# 1 Be specific
Vague or overly broad goals tend to go away faster than specific tasks. “I’m going to get healthy this year” is a very big request. And how do you measure that? How do you know if you are on the right track or even if you have “completed” your goal? Instead, name a specific action that will be new or different from the past behavior: “I will walk with my friend three times a week. It’s achievable, it’s measurable, it’s social and it has a built-in responsibility.
# 2 be focused
Instead of announcing that you will suddenly undo all of your perceived vices on Day 1, choose a habit to modify or replace. In other words, “I’m never going to drink alcohol, eat sweets, smoke cigarettes or have caffeine again” becomes “I’m going to try replacing ice cream with fresh fruit”.
By focusing on a goal, you are more likely to achieve it. And, your success has a snowball effect, leading to other healthy changes.
In addition, the way you phrase your resolution “I am never…” versus “I will try…” gives you more chances of success. If you falter once, you may feel like a failure if you’ve prepared yourself for an “always / never” situation. If the phrase is “try” instead, you have built grace for yourself and have the ability to try the new behavior again without guilt!
# 3 be realistic
It’s great to have big goals, and you should. But you have to incorporate realistic and reasonable plans of action to accomplish to achieve the big goal. “I’m going to lose 100 pounds! Great… but how? And for when? Chances are, this isn’t the first time you’ve set a weight loss goal. Instead, try: “I’m going to work to lose ten pounds in [goal date]. “You now have an achievable goal, formulated with grace, framed by work and a time in which you want to accomplish it. Guess what? Do it over and over and you will eventually reach the big goal.
# 4 be proud
Small successes are good to celebrate. It fosters a positive feeling and encourages you to reach the next goal. But more than celebrating small successes, learn to love and accept yourself for who you are. Maybe you will see health improvements with lifestyle changes. But it will not change your worth and your worth as a human being. Self-love and acceptance should start in your mind, not in the mirror.
Start 2021 with Franklin Athletic Club
If health and wellness is your goal this year, contact Franklin Track and Field Club for support and encouragement in your fitness journey. FAC offers group fitness classes, strength training, cardio equipment, and personal training. They are happy to help you meet and exceed your new goals! For more information, call (615) 599-5544. Membership starts at just $ 24.99.
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Franklin, TN 37064