We’re only 4 days into the year and pretty certain that a huge number of enthusiastic resolution-makers have already quit their journey towards a healthier self! The new year brings with it a lot of hope. Perhaps sometimes a little too much hope, since one of the biggest contributing factors to people ditching their resolutions are unrealistic expectations!
So, let’s figure out what it is that keeps people from following through on their health goals:
1. Unrealistic Expectations
The trick to setting goals is ensuring that they are achievable, realistic, and measurable. You could be 70kgs and decide to lose 10kgs in one month – but that would be a very random goal. If we’re speaking in simple math, it’s impossible to lose that much weight in 20 days. To lose 10 kgs you would have to burn 77,000 calories – or 2500 calories a day. Not happening!
Aiming at losing 4% of your weight is manageable. It is scientifically proven to be healthy, realistic and is measurable.
2. Bad Time Management
Loads of health resolutions require you to set some time aside for healthy activities. If you’re hoping to make yoga as a part of your daily morning routine or go for an evening walk after work – planning is ESSENTIAL. Plan ahead to finish all your work on time so that you have enough time for your scheduled walk. Sleep early to wake up in time for your yoga session. Remember – 8 hours of sleep is essential. If you choose to stay awake late watching Netflix, you probably wouldn’t wake up early for your yoga session.
So, it is crucial to develop self-discipline in managing time.
3. Lack of social pressure
Most of the time, we’re the only people who know about our resolutions. This makes it easier to ignore these resolutions when we’re not happy with our progress.
Get social with your resolutions. Now that you’ve figured out what “realistic, achievable, and measurable” goals are, share them with close friends and family. Share your progress on health apps and social media. The encouragement and pressure can definitely help!
Knowing that your friends & family have your back will help you hold on to your resolution in order to not let them down!
4. Too much social pressure!
Yup, I know we just talked about how social pressure is a good thing! What I mean by this flipside is that YOU might feel too pressured by your social groups in the wrong way. If everyone’s going out drinking, eating, ordering desserts, or choosing to stay home and play video games, it’s not easy to show restraint. But that’s a choice we must make. Sure – go out with your friends, enjoy a meal outside – but maybe don’t have more than a spoonful of that sizzling fudge brownie? Drink a glass of water instead of that cocktail? Take 30 mins from your video game time and use it to walk around the colony.
These little decisions really add up for the best. It’s easy to forgo your health for fun, but fun is a lot better when you’ve got your health intact!
So, let’s start with a few actionable points, now that we’ve talked about why so many people quit their resolutions early on in the game. Start by reassessing your goals. Then plan your days and weeks accordingly, with some disciple. Maybe jot these down in a new notebook to keep track of how you’re progressing. Pick a fitness buddy – tell them everything, share it all! Give them the right to scold you, encourage you, and keep you on track.
And finally – have a blast with your work-life balance, but transform it into a work-life-health balance!