As a health and nutrition coach, I have seen many clients set New Year’s health and fitness goals. People get a surge of motivation at the start of the year.
However, a lot of people end up abandoning their goals. Let’s find out why, and what you can do to change that.
What Percentage of People Quit Their New Year’s Fitness Goals?
Forbes published a study about new year’s resolutions, and quite a few people set out health goals for New Years. 48% want to improve fitness, 34% want to lose weight, and 32% want to improve their diet.
But how many people actually stick to these goals? The same study found that the majority of people quit their goals somewhere in the 2-4 month mark.
So, most people aren’t sticking to their fitness goals. How can you make sure you aren’t a part of this statistic?
3 Tips For Achieving Fitness Goals For New Year
Before we get into tips, we need to talk about why people quit their goals. Typically, people set a really ambitious goal for themselves. New Year, New Me, right? The thing is, you can’t change yourself overnight just because the year changed. When people have unrealistic expectations, the enthusiasm wears off and they quit.
So, let’s get into the tips.
1. Set Intentions, Not Just Goals
Instead of setting a goal, set an intention. Typically, when people set a goal, they get really specific about it. This is good for goals, but people don’t stick to their New Year’s goals, so don’t set any! Instead, focus on why behind your goal.
For example, many people set a goal to lose weight. Instead, your intention could be to improve your overall health or feel more energetic. Be a little bit vague about it on purpose. That way, if you miss a gym session, you won’t feel like you’ve already fallen off the bandwagon and give up altogether.
2. Start Small and Stack Your Habits
Start with small, manageable changes and gradually build upon them. For example, you may decide that you want to start going on walks every day. That would be a goal, but we’re setting intentions. So your intention could be to walk more than you currently do. Start going on one extra walk every week. Once that is fully ingrained into your routine, add another day. So on and so forth.
3. Reframe Your Thinking Around New Year’s Goals
If you look at nature during the winter months, plants and animals are not ultra-productive right now. The same goes for people. It’s a time where, naturally, we would be conserving our energy. Don’t be so hard on yourself if you aren’t as active as you would like to be. Use this time to plan and set foundations for yourself. You may find that you just feel more active in the spring, and that’s okay.