LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Resolutions are a common part of anyone’s New Year traditions.
Even though Time Magazine has it at the top of a list of commonly broken resolutions, losing weight and getting fit still rank high up on the list for many. Folks at the YMCA in Lexington say “resolutioners” are common this time of year but sticking with your program isn’t always easy.
“We do see a lot of New Year’s resolution folks coming in, folks at the first of the year wanting to make some behavior changes,” says Dave Elsen, District Executive Director.
“Finding a supportive community like the Y can be beneficial in keeping resolutions on track, because our organization is so much more than a nonprofit gym,” said David Martorano, President/CEO for the YMCA of Central Kentucky. “It’s a community of supportive neighbors that offers more health, more hope and more opportunity for the New Year and years to come.”
The “Y” also offers ways to make those resolutions stick:
- Start small. Set attainable resolutions. For example, if your goal is to exercise more frequently in the New Year, don’t schedule seven days a week at the gym. Start with a reasonable three days a week. If you’d like to eat healthier, try replacing desserts with other foods you enjoy, such as fruit or yogurt.
- Take it one step at a time. Making a New Year’s resolution doesn’t require you to reassess every little detail of your life. Replacing unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones takes time, so don’t become overwhelmed. Work to change one behavior at a time, and then go from there.
- Choose a facility that focuses on a holistic approach to health. When it comes to adding healthy behaviors –like working out – to your lifestyle, finding a facility that keeps you motivated is critical to maintaining your exercise routine. 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.
- Establish a little friendly competition. More than half of the Y survey respondents felt a little “healthy competition” when friends encouraged them to be even more committed to keeping their New Year’s resolutions. Share your experiences with support groups – friends, family, fellow workout class members or close colleagues. Talking about your struggles and successes will make your goals more obtainable and less intimidating.
- Set New Year’s goals with someone you love. It’s easier to stick to your resolutions if you have a partner working toward similar goals. Team up with a family member to set your 2016 goals, and establish a game plan that is dedicated to achieving them.