Six tips to keep your 2013 New Year’s Resolution

If you’re not among the millions of people making a New Year’s Resolution, chances are that someone you know is.
More than 50 percent of Americans will make a New Year’s Resolution for 2013, according to numerous surveys.
Unfortunately, those statistics also show that less than 20 percent of people will keep the promises they make to themselves. Some studies have found as low as 5 percent of people keep resolutions.
A lot of that low success rate is due to setting unreasonable expectations for yourself, or getting too down if you slip up and giving up.
Here are six tips to help improve the odds of keeping your vow, and in turn better yourself in 2013:
1. Avoid past failures – Don’t set resolutions that you’ve made in the past and always seem to fail – unless of course you really believe this is the year.
And if you do try to repeat a resolution that’s failed in the past, try altering it some.
If you are trying to take on a really major resolution that‘s failed in the past, like quitting smoking or drinking, then this time seek professional assistance. If you’ve failed repeatedly in weight loss or other fitness goals, then maybe working with a dietician or trainer will help get you over the hump.
2. Choose an attainable resolution – Trying to look like a super model is probably not an attainable goal, but you can vow to work out 3-4 times a week and-or maybe even lose 10-20 pounds.
Be open to adjusting your resolution some if it’s not quite working out – that’s a lot better than quitting altogether.
3. Stick with it at least two weeks – Most resolutions are lost before January is even a few weeks old. The most crucial time to keeping a resolution is the first two weeks, so be tough on yourself the first two weeks even if it’s really hard. If you can get through those two weeks you’re obviously still not home free, but it will be a lot easier.
4. Create a game plan – Map out a plan on how to keep your resolution. Jot down ideas on how you’ll be able to follow through and you can write down some of the hurdles you expect will present themselves. If you’ve set fitness goals, keeping a daily workout log will be a huge help.
5. Ask for help – Ask family and/or friends to help you. Maybe that will mean one of them will become a workout super-buddy. If you’ve set a goal to be a more positive person, then you can ask someone close to you to gently remind you when you’re not.
6. Reward yourself – Setting a big resolution is not easy, so if you’re able to keep it then reward yourself at various steps along the way. Tell yourself if after two months you’re still on track, you’ll buy an outfit or new workout clothes. Tell yourself early on if you can get through the whole year keeping that resolution, you’ll do something really special – like take a vacation somewhere warm to show off that newly chiseled physique.
Be safe on New Year’s Eve tonight and have a great New Year!

At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen’s blog deals with a variety of fitness topics, ranging from workout tips, motivational ideas and feature stories on how exercise impacts people’s lives. E-mail him with comments, questions or ideas for future blogs at

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