- Losing weight is the #1 most common resolution
- 76% maintain their resolutions through the 1st week, 46% go past 6 months
- 39% of people in their 20's fulfill their resolution, while only 14% over the age of 50 do.
According to studies, 36% drop their resolutions one month in.
The most common reasons fitness resolutions fail are:
Too tight or too loose goals - The cold turkey approach is hard to execute and why so many resolutions fail. Goals shouldn't leave you feeling too deprived or frustrated. On the other hand, don't leave yourself too many outs and make sure your goals are specific and not vague with wiggle room.
Doing too much too soon - You have heard the expression, "Rome wasn't built in a day," neither is a perfect body.
People don't want it bad enough - Changing a habit takes effort. How far are you willing to go? What sacrifices are you willing to make? Be honest with yourself.
People don't know what you're doing - So many people go to gym and learn how to use the equipment simply by watching others or by guessing. Unfortunately, by never knowing the proper technique or the most effective exercises they never experience gains and give up.
Weight loss is happening too slowly - Most experts agree healthy weight loss is 1-2 pounds per week. Achieving true fitness is not a sprint, it's a marathon. Nor is it a TV realty show. It takes time and dedication. Also, weight loss isn't the only way to track your progress.
People fail to track their progress - How are you supposed to know how well you are doing if you aren't using accurate and measurable data?
Here are some tips to help fulfill your 2013 New Year's Fitness Resolution:
Don't change everything at once
Set realistic goals (short-term and long-term)
Write it down
Tell everyone (for support and accountabilty)
Ease in to it (take baby steps)
Make the time
Track your progress
Reward yourself for small and large victories