No Resolutions, Just Habits: 4 Tips for a Healthier, Happier You

by Heidi Shalek

A resolution, by definition, is a firm decision to do or not do something. Sounds simple enough, right? So why is it that so many new year’s “resolutions” don’t stand the test of time? A resolution without planning and accountability is really just a good intention, at best. A want or desire to do something will never come to pass without action. So how do you set yourself up to be successful and take control of all the things you wish you would do? Start by saying goodbye to resolutions and hello to habits.

#1 CHANGE YOUR MINDSET. Be present, make progress. You can’t go back in time and change the fact that you took two weeks off from training or grabbed take out five out of five nights last week. What can you do? MOVE ON. Tomorrow is always a new day, another opportunity to make the best choice available. Practice letting go of what you did or didn’t do, and do something now to make yourself feel better. Missed both of your workouts this week because you were living your life? No problem. Hit some lunges and push ups in your basement and call it a day. Ate three cookies for lunch? No problem. Wash it down with some kale juice. You get the idea…

#2 GET A COACH. Behavior change thrives on accountability. Can’t afford one-on-one training every week? No problem. Identify a coach or instructor who inspires and motivates you. Spend the money on ONE single strategy session. Ask questions about EVERYTHING. Set goals, exchange emails. Now you have someone in your corner who you can reach out to if you find yourself off track. You’ll see your coach in class every week, and you can bet that they will check in with you every time.

#3 SET MICRO GOALS. Small goals, big change. Micro goals are everyday mini goals that are easily achievable. Essentially, they are your bigger goals broken down into specific subgoals. For example, you might have a goal to improve your hydration, but simply saying you need to drink more water doesn’t get you there. Be specific. How are you going to do this? You need a target- at least half an ounce for every pound of your body weight, ideally more. Say your target is 80 ounces per day. What exactly are you going to do to ensure this happens? You will a) fill your water bottle before leaving the house, b) drink water at every red traffic light c) refill your water bottle at mealtime, and so on… Micro goals will make your big goals happen.

#4 DON’T WAIT. If it’s good for you, the time is always now. What are you waiting for? There is no magic date on the calendar to start making a change. Derek Sivers said it best, “If information were the answer, we’d all be billionaires with perfect abs.” Take a moment to let that sink in 🙂

Stay tuned for our next post: Is There A One-on-One Advantage? What to Expect from Personal Training & Is It Even Right for You


Until Then,

Practice Health & Be Inspired

– Heidi & Kyle



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