The time of New Year’s resolutions is upon us again and it’s time to decide which ones you’ll be making. Will you strive to work out more? To eat better? Here are the most common New Year’s resolutions and how to make sure you achieve them.
1. Get Fit
Tons of people say that they want to get fit and healthy in the New Year. Hence why gyms are always packed those first few weeks in January. You don’t just want to jump on the gym membership train and hope that that’ll motivate you. It takes 66 days to form a habit, which means you have to keep at it if you’re going to stay consistent.
Write it down and really plan out your fitness regiment. Start small and then slowly add more intensity. Make sure that you’re putting it into your daily or weekly schedule so that you can’t make the excuse that you don’t have time. Block out a certain space to make sure you have reserved workout time.
If you partner up with someone and try to meet your fitness goals together, it will make things a bit easier as well. They keep you accountable and you don’t want to let someone else down if you’re slacking on your workout routine. It’s not just you that gets impacted if you skip a day.
With all the fitness technology that’s out now, look into getting some. Fitbits are great for tracking your activity and there are all sorts of apps that you can download to see how many calories you’ve burned. There are even apps and websites that you can stream workouts from if you’d rather exercise at home instead of the gym.
2. Eat Healthier
Just like working out, this is something to make into a habit. Start small, maybe by trying one new healthy recipe a week. Experiment with different healthier foods to see what you like and what you don’t, just making your health a priority is a step in the right direction.
See if this is something you can get everyone else in your household on board with, or a friend if you live alone. Make cooking a family event and let everyone have input on the recipes that you want to try. Maybe let everyone take a vote on which they want to try that night.
There are various apps to track your food intake as well. A lot of us don’t realize how much we’re actually eating and how bad it is for us. This gives you a visual of the amount of fat and calories you’re taking in each meal.
Even if you don’t use an app, make your goals something you can measure. Have water for every meal instead of soda or tea. Incorporate an extra vegetable into every dinner that week. Start with something that you can keep track of, and build it from there. Even if you don’t build on it much, it’s still an improvement from before.
3. Budget Better
Right behind health resolutions are financial ones. We want to save more money and try to spend less frivolously. The key here is to make sure you’re keeping track of everything you’re earning, what you’re spending and exactly what you’re spending it on.
Look towards cutting down unnecessary spending first. That $5 Starbucks drink you get every morning before work? That can go. Limit your spending to things you absolutely need, as well as a few splurges like a movie date or nice dinner. After you’ve done this, you can look towards creating an emergency fund if you don’t have one or just padding the one you do have.
You also want to see if there’s anything in the future that you’re going to need to save for. If you’re planning on buying a new house, have student loans to pay off or a retirement you need to save for, start setting aside money for that. A little bit of money from each paycheck goes a long way.
You always hear about people giving up on their New Year’s resolutions, but it’s easy to keep them—you just have to know how. Plan ahead and focus on being the best you possible in 2017!