Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution’s

Did you know that every year up to 60% of the country makes a resolution to change bad habits they have developed, or to add a good habit they know they need to do?

Many fail or give up in the first 2 weeks after they begin.  As a matter of fact, only 12% actually succeed.  This is quite sad, considering that most of these resolutions are health or fitness related and that our country is facing a major crisis due to an obesity epidemic.

I have a few suggestions for those seeking to make lasting changes in the New Year:

1. Don’t just make a resolution…set a realistic goal with strong intent. I’ve heard of too many resolutions made without real conviction.  If there is something in your life that needs to change, commit to making the necessary changes that will lead to a successful outcome.

2. Develop a plan.  The great Winston Churchill once said “He who fails to plan is planning to fail”.

3. Commit to 21 days. Research has shown that it takes 21 days to develop or break a habit.  So, whatever you are setting out to do, make sure you commit to it for 21 consecutive days before you take a break.

4. Be positive and take one day at a time.  Don’t think about how difficult your conquest is, or how far you have to go.  It’s important that you focus on your day-to-day responsibilities to achieve what you set out to accomplish.  Keep your eyes on the prize and the end game.

I hope this helps make your New Year’s health & fitness resolutions a reality in 2011. Good luck!

Jim O’Hagan

Strength For Life

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