Each year, millions of Americans turn the calendar to the New Year and make resolutions. But without breaking these goals down into smaller milestones, it can be easy to lose momentum. In fact, a 2014 YMCA survey found that less than a quarter of respondents kept their resolutions throughout the year. Many (71 percent) tried, but stated that they fell short of their goals, while 40 percent confessed they gave up within the first few months, even weeks, of the New Year!
This year, the YMCA of Catawba Valley is encouraging community members to give their New Year’s resolutions a boost by creating smaller, more manageable goals that can lead to success of a larger one.
“Losing weight is too broad a goal,” explained Bob Conklin, President/CEO of the YMCA of Catawba Valley. “Reframe your big resolution into something achievable. For example, instead of making a resolution to ‘lose weight,’ resolve to incorporate fruits and vegetables into at least two meals a day.”
Reframing your goals in a positive way can also help you stick to them. You may want to limit your screen time in 2016, but that can be more manageable if you replace the time with something positive like volunteering or setting special time aside for family. “Rather than thinking about what you’re losing; think about what you’re gaining. This can make a resolution feel more positive, and therefore more achievable” said Conklin.
Even though you may experience some missteps throughout the day, or even the week, that doesn’t mean you have to give up. Change is a process and bad days are part of that. Bad habits didn’t appear overnight, so changing them will take time and patience.
Below are four tips the YMCA of Catawba Valley recommends to help your 2016 New Year’s resolutions stick.
- Start small. Break those big resolutions into small, achievable goals. 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.
- 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’s resolution. Focus on that one change for the month, then add another (small) change when the new month rolls around.
- Choose an organization that focuses on a holistic approach to health. When it comes to adding healthy behaviors, like increasing physical activity, it’s important to find a place that keeps you motivated. Before committing to a membership, take a tour of local gyms to find the best fit for you. Your facility should not be just a gym, but a community organization that offers more health, more hope, and more opportunity.
- 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 2016 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 praise each other during the high points.
For additional tips or to learn how to get involved with the YMCA of Catawba Valley, contact (828) 324-9622 or visit www.ymcacv.org
We want you to succeed in your goals, and help to bring a healthier lifestyle to all members in our community. We invite you to learn more about what the Y has to offer you and your family. Come to one of our convenient locations (Valley Connection YMCA, Hickory Foundation YMCA, and the Adrian L. Shuford Jr. YMCA) and let us show you around. We’ll get to know you and your needs, and find the programs and services that are just right for you. We’ll also give you a free month off your membership and some great savings towards every program we offer that your entire family can enjoy. If you’d like more information, or to get started online, visit www.jointheymcaonline.com.
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The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the US, 2,700 YMCAs engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.