Why New Year Resolutions Die, And How To Save Them

Less than two weeks left in 2018 … phew! Where did the year go?

As you hang stockings by the fire, you may start thinking about your health and fitness goals for 2019. If you’re like many of us, you’ll toast in the New Year with a promise to change something big about yourself.

This always feels like the right thing to do. But how many years have you actually kept that resolution?

If you say none, you’re not alone. An article published in U.S. News sited 80% of New Year resolutions get pushed under the rug by week six. Typically these resolutions coincide with holiday guilt—being that we make them after a few months of endless festivities (and sometimes wash them down with a glass of bubbly at midnight).

According to a study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin reported that 55% of all resolutions are health related, like wanting to exercise more or eat better. Since researchers determine that only 1/5 of us get the recommended amount of daily exercise, then it’s a safe bet that most who resolve to improve their health don’t ever take action.

Why are New Year resolutions so hard to keep?

If you take a look at resolutions, most are pretty broad. I want to lose weight, exercise more, eat better, quit drinking/smoking, text less, watch less television.

These are markedly generalized thoughts with no course of action. It’s like your math teacher handing you a pop quiz at the beginning of class over material you haven’t yet covered.

The big secret to meeting your resolution is to do something that is enjoyable and attainable. For someone who hasn’t been working out for the past six months—well, the idea of walking into the gym without a plan sounds horrible.

But if that same person had a specific activity they wanted to do that would help them reach their weight loss goal, they are more inclined to stick with it.

Doing something you enjoy is part of it, but you can’t rely solely on willpower. Keeping that new promise to yourself has a lot less to do with willpower, and a lot more to do with changing who you are.

In order to understand this, we have to dig into the science of habit building. This week, I am sending out a series of emails and articles that talk about habits and how you can easily implement new ones into your life while getting rid of old ones that no longer serve you.

Stick with me in this series as we decode what habit-building really is, and how you can simplify your own habits to create a sustainable change that works on your terms and feels effortless.

Tomorrow we will deep-dive into what habit building is (hint: it’s not as hard as you think).




P.S. If you don’t want to kick off this New Year alone, then come join the fun! New Year, New You is officially open and your spot is waiting for you. This 12-week online group fitness experience is the perfect way to start building those new fitness habits, so you can rock your resolution in style. Learn more here!


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