However, while choosing a resolution can be easy, sticking to them is hard.

While there is no “right way” to keep a resolution, at the Y you can give your New Year’s resolutions a boost by following these tips:

  1. Start small. Break those big resolutions into small, achievable goals. “Getting healthy” is too broad, so reframe that big resolution into smaller, more manageable goals. Rather than saying you will starting exercising five times a week – start with two days. Achieve that goal and then increase to more. Instead of cutting chocolate out of your diet for good, vow to only have it a few times a week. Or trade your two sodas a day for one soda and a glass of water.
  2. Take it one step at a time. Trying to change too many habits at once can easily lead to frustration. Instead of a New Year’s resolution, make a new month resolution. Focus on that one change for the month and add another (small) change when the new month rolls around.
  3. Keep the faith. Don’t get discouraged by setbacks. Even though you may experience some missteps throughout the day—or even the week—that doesn’t mean you have to give up. Bad habits aren’t created in a week, so try as you might, you can’t change them in a week either.
  4. It’s all about attitude. It’s important to think about what you’re gaining from a resolution rather than what you’re missing. This can make a resolution feel more positive and therefore more achievable. For example, you may want to limit your screen time in 2019, but that can be more manageable if you replace it with something positive like volunteering at the Y or setting aside special time for family.
  5. Talk it out. It’s easier to stick to your resolutions if you have a partner or friend working toward similar goals. Team up with someone to set your 2019 goals and help each other establish a game plan dedicated to achieving them. Set specific check-ins to help each other out of slumps and to cheer each other during the high points. Don’t have a teammate? Not to worry. The Y is here! Group fitness classes are a great way to meet other Y members. Taking a class also can become a built-in accountability system – members helping members!

Changing behaviors is a tough task even for the most dedicated and motivated people. The new year is a great time to make changes, but it’s important to remember that any change takes time, and the type of resolution you make plays a huge factor in your success.

Many people decide to join a gym or other health facility for the first time as part of their New Year’s resolutions and then have to spend time finding the right facility.  As a member of the Y, you already have a head start! Not sure of your goals? Don’t know where to start in 2019?  Visit the welcome center and one of our membership advisors can help you complete a commitment card – a great first step. We also are launching our 8-week ALL IN Group Fitness Challenge starting February 4th. Sign up today!

At the Y, we’re not just a gym. We strive to provide an environment that offers more health, more hope, and more opportunity.

Have a Happy New Year, and let us know how we can help you achieve your goals in 2019.