Senior Wellness Resolution Exercise Check-In
Wait! Before you give up on your wellness resolution plan, stop and rethink for a minute about how you can really make your resolution happen. It is still early in the year and you can make your goals if you regroup now. If you did not have a written plan earlier this month, do it now. Having a written plan for good senior health and a wellness resolution for at least the next 90 days will give you a better chance at making your resolution a reality.
Use these tips to make your resolution actually last:
Make a Measurable Goal
One of the biggest reasons why people give up on their resolutions is that they create goals that are vague or completely out of reach. If there is a particular goal, you will be more motivated to meet it.
Make your goals SMART
Specific. Measurable. Assignable. Realistic. Time Related. Think of it as a finish line that you’ll push yourself to cross. Rather than saying, “I want to lose weight in 2016,” say, “I want to lose 10 pounds in 2016.”
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Set Short-Term Goals Along the Journey
Create short-term goals along with your yearly goals. Having a shorter goal offers you a “check-in” point. It will give you time to assess where you’re at with your wellness resolution. If you’ve fallen off your track, then you can adjust and get back to your goals. When you achieve your smaller goal, you’ll be motivated to continue your path.
Don’t forget to plan to reward yourself as you accomplish minor achievements along the way. Celebrating your wins will help you keep going and achieving your overall big picture goals. After all, the point of a resolution is to improve something about yourself, keep it positive as you move through the year.
Will Your Resolution Make you Happy?
It seems like a silly question, but make sure that your wellness resolution will make you truly happy. Actually take a moment to think about it when you’re making your plan; will this truly make me happier? If the resolution is not significant enough to you, it’s that much easier for you to forget about it.
Don’t Obsess, Prioritize
While it’s important to keep your New Year’s Resolutions as one of your top priorities, it’s also important not to obsess over them. Only check yourself when you set your goal dates, not every day. For example, if you’re trying to lose weight, you won’t see results if you step on the scale every day. This could lead to you getting depressed and giving up on your resolution if you do not see big results. And don’t let your resolution consume your life either. Wait to check your short-term goals to check your status.
When creating your health, weight loss or other wellness resolutions, remember you’re doing this to make improvements for yourself, to make yourself happier. Try using these tips to stick to your plan.