Happy New Year!
As another year begins so do the many possibilities that come with life. For
many of you, the past months brought forward many unknowns. The unknowns of
breast cancer and the future of your health as well as other personal unknowns
that always exist somewhere on the horizon. For many of us this is the time of
the year that we make our New Yearís resolutions. These resolutions typically
consist of things that we are going to do to improve ourselves. According to Franklin-Covey, the Top 5 New Yearís
resolutions or goals were ranked as follows:
1. Get out of
debt or save money
2. Lose weight
3. Develop a healthy habit (e.g.,
exercise or healthy eating)
4. Get organized
5. Develop a new skill or
The survey also
found that 35% of respondents break their New Yearís resolutions by the end of
January and only 23% of those surveyed donít ever break them. Nearly 40% of
those surveyed attribute breaking their resolutions to having too many other
things to do, while 33% say they are not committed to the resolutions they set.
According to Websterís, resolutions is defined as; the act
or process of resolving: the act of analyzing a complex notion into simpler
ones; the act
of answering: solving; the act
of determining. No wonder we donít get anywhere this way we resolve to make a
change but no one makes a game plan.
As a personal
trainer, I hear my clients make resolutions to lose weight and be healthier. Iím
happy to hear that they want to make a change but the desire is only the first
step. In order to achieve the goals we need a game plan or a roadmap. Together
we write down the steps to accomplishing their goals and look both short and
Here are a few
ß If you exercise in the morning I
suggest that you lay out your workout clothes in the evening. This simple step
which will take only a minute or two and increases your chances of exercising in
the morning. If you exercise during the day, pack your bag the night before when
your intentions are good are you arenít rushing out somewhere.
ß Write our your schedule and
include your exercise time. Make an appointment with yourself and treat it as
you would any other appointment.
ß Incentives! Reward yourself for
accomplishments, if you stick to your plan for the first week or month. I
typically suggest something other than food for a reward but a nice diner out
can also be a wonderful treat.
ß Start today! Itís never too late
to start your plan. Even if itís the middle of your week or middle of the
Even though our
days may be full of unknowns, I do know one thing. Taking the steps to making
yourself healthier will make a difference in every aspect of your life! Donít
just be a survivor, be a thriver!
New Year to everyone!!
Personal Trainer, Cancer Exercise
Specialist & Wellness Consultant