Making health and wellness resolutions around the New Year is easy, the hard part is keeping them.
“January is one of our busiest months and two or three weeks in is when we start to see class attendance fall and those who make commitments start to slip,” said Laura Fasano, director of program development, YMCA of Greater Rochester. “At the Y our objective is to keep members on track, with their goals always in view.”
Top 5 Ways to Keep 2012 Health and Wellness Goals
- Find your motivation and keep it is sight, literally. Health and wellness goals are personal and the motivation behind those goals is personal. Find that motivator and hang it on the fridge, on the dashboard of your car, on your desktop wallpaper, or on the bathroom mirror—some place where it is visible and where weakness may occur.
- Write it down. Fasano explains that journaling is a major key to success. Tracking food intake (right down to the M&M), exercises completed, and how you feel before and after exercise, or when you do and do not exercise will keep you dedicated.
- Create short-term goals. These goals must be specific, reachable and revisited every three to four weeks to make changes to meet them, or if met, create new goals. Examples of short-term goals—eat three more pieces of fruit each week, feel better, sleep more, or complete a cardio-focused exercise routine four times a week and strength training two times a week.
- Create long-term goals. Long-term goals should be something you can measure against. Examples of long-term goals—amount of weight loss, how many miles you are running or swimming, how much weight you can lift, or playing with your kids and not getting tired.
- Support and community. There is a power to being connected to other people with similar goals explains Fasano. Making a lifestyle change is hard work and consistent support is a driver to success. The support may come from a spouse, family member, co-worker, Facebook group, a group through your wellness center, wellness coaching, or a trainer.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day,” says Fasano. “I want our members to know that they are not alone. Make those goals, write them down, get connected and keep moving. That is the path to success.”