The Day the Resolutions Die – January 21st

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Tomorrow, Monday, January 21st, is THE big day. Besides being Inauguration Day and Martin Luther King Day, it really is a big day.

Did you know that January 21st is the date that most people quit on their New Year’s Resolutions? Another fact: two of the top 10 resolutions are to lose weight and to get fit and although 45% of Americans make resolutions, only 8% of them, stats show, are successful in keeping them. That’s staggering! Maybe, there’s a reason.

I think a big reason people quit is because resolutions sound temporary and easy to give up on. I prefer to set goals instead of resolutions and goals should be specific and measurable with a realistic time table. So, instead of making a resolution to lose weight, how about dropping one unhealthy food from your diet each week and adding a healthier option. Doesn’t sound too difficult, does it?

Next resolution: to get fit. Sounds like a great resolution or goal, doesn’t it? But think about it. Get fit. What does that mean? Does it mean exercise more; exercise better; or exercise at all? Doesn’t sound very specific or measurable with a time table to me. How about this option: I will do 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of weight training at least 3 days per week with the weight training on non-consecutive days. Now, it is specific and measurable with a real time table that can work for just about anyone.

So, what do you think? Do you think that you can make it work past January 21st with these reasonable goals? Then you won’t be part of the 33% that give up on their health after just 3 weeks into the New Year.

Happy New Year Again!

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