January 7, 2022
Why Do Resolutions Fail?
Did you know there is research behind resolutions actually failing? There are a variety of different reasons but this year we’re going to break the cycle.
In January it’s a fresh start. It’s a feeling of a blank calendar. We’re coming off a chaotic holiday season and people are excited to get back to a routine. What better time to start something new than now?
On average it takes 66 days to build a new habit. In calendar terms that means it should take until March for you to become consistent with the new habits that you are trying to form for your health goals. Most people give up by day 13.
In other words, we aren’t giving resolutions enough time to become a habit. We aren’t pushing through the bad days.
How Do We Build Long-Term Habits?
Instead of building a lot of brand new habits at once, start small. Look at what your overall goal or resolution is and make a list of what it will take to get there.
Each month, week or quarter start working on one new thing that will get you towards that overall goal.
For example, if your goal is to lose 25lbs in 2022… start by simply drinking more water. Once that becomes normal, add in walking on the treadmill once a day or adding more vegetables. As you move through each step you will slowly make progress to that end goal by making REALISTIC life changes that give you long-term results.
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