It’s that time again. The holidays are behind us, and we’re facing the new year. Hopefully, 2021 will be a little easier than 2020. We hear a lot about New Year’s Resolutions in December and January. The next year holds a blank slate, ready for you fill with accomplishments such as weight loss, saving money, or taking a trip.

Do New Year’s Resolutions work?

The honest truth is that most of the time, no, they don’t. According to one survey, only about one third of resolutions last beyond the first month. Are you a regular gym-goer and find that in January you can barely find a parking spot, yet by Valentine’s Day, it’s back to normal? Failed resolutions are likely the reason. While we all need goals, they need to be ones we’re committed to reaching. Something vague like “lose weight,” which is a common resolution, is not enough to set yourself into motion.

What to do, if not a New Year’s Resolution?

It may seem silly, but don’t call it a “New Year’s Resolution.” Set a goal, one that gets you excited, and write it using the S.M.A.R.T. format: specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and time-based. If you genuinely feel that weight loss is the goal you want to accomplish, pick a realistic number to reach, when you want to reach it, and how you will get there. Work with a friend or partner to keep you on track.

Pick a theme for the year.

Something like a resolution but more fool-proof is to choose a word, and let it guide your decisions for the year. Maybe your word will be “brave,” so you do more outside your comfort zone. Maybe your word will be “kind,” and you do one kind thing every day for someone else. The possibilities are endless but pick something that moves you.

Be patient.

Anything worth doing takes time. Getting started is always the most difficult, but sticking with it, whatever “it” is, can be hard, too. January, to me, feels like an arduous month-long Monday, so if you’re still going strong by February 1, there’s no reason to quit. Try to enjoy the journey, not the destination.

Stay strong.

I mean this metaphorically of course, but I mean it physically, too. Whether weight loss is your goal or not, a strong body can only be a good thing. You’re less likely to sustain injuries, you’ll sleep better, and have a better immune system. Better sleep and better energy mean your mind will be clear and ready to tackle that goal, whatever it is. Build your mental muscle and meditate as part of your new goal-oriented routine.

Need help? Call us!

Yes, you see physical therapists after an injury, but we know so much more than that. We can help you determine realistic goals, whether they’re strength related, weight loss based, or you want to finish a triathlon. It doesn’t matter; we can help keep you on track. We offer in-person and telehealth appointments, so give us a call today!