How to keep your New Year's resolutions
Published Friday, January 2, 2015 6:55PM EST
New Year’s resolutions are easy to make before the clock strikes midnight, but now that all the confetti has settled, how easy is it to follow through.
One of the most popular resolutions is to lose weight and exercise more often.
“I’m looking to lose about 100 pounds this year, but this year will be the big kick start to that,” said Tanya Placzek, who was at the gym on January 2. “I’m hoping by the end of this year we’re down 50 to 60 pounds,” she said.
Whether you’re looking to lose weight, build muscle, or just be healthier, trainer Ashley Grundy says the best resolution is something that is attainable.
“We suggest setting a bunch of short term goals to the long term goal,” said Grundy. “If you want to lose 50 pounds, how are you going to lose those pounds in12 months--divide it, set those goals that you have to reach and set those weigh ins,” she said.
Other popular goals include being kinder to others, showing more gratitude, spending less money and quitting smoking. Experts say while New Year’s resolutions should be realistic, it’s also important to have an accountability partner.
“If you value a relationship with someone, if you respect them, if these people are people that are successful in achieving their goals, they’re the best person to have as your mentor,” said psychologist Dr. Kevin Marek.
Experts also suggest writing down your goals and there are even several apps for your smart phone that will help you track your progress.
“You want to keep track and see every little gain,” said Dr. Marek.