This Year, I Will…..

new-year_resolutions_list-1Ahhh yes! It’s that time of year again. Time to grab a pen and paper and jot down all the things you resolve to do in 2017. Trouble is – New Year’s resolutions are tough to keep. How tough? Fast Company Magazine claims only 8% of us follow through on the goals we set in January.

News-Medical.net offered an intriguing idea to break that cycle called Monday Resolutions. Instead of having one chance to succeed, you have a chance to restart every week!

According to research, people see Monday as a fresh start and are more likely to begin diets, exercise regimens and quit smoking on a Monday more than any other day. In addition, published studies in JAMA Internal Medicine and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that health-related searches on the internet peak on Monday.

Joanna Cohen, co-author of these studies and the director of the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, considers Monday as a “mini-New Year’s” that provides 52 chances a year to stay on track, instead of just one.

Yahoo.com added five tips to turn your New Year’s Resolutions into Monday Resolutions.

  1. Set realistic goals.
  2. Break each goal into small, manageable steps.
  3. Make a weekly plan and write it down to commit.
  4. Share your goals with others for support.
  5. Hit the Healthy Monday Reset, if you lapse.

Skipping the “shoot for the moon” resolution is also at the heart of a recent Huffington Post story.

When it comes to health goals in particular, all-or-nothing goals ― which are usually based on unrealistic expectations and don’t leave any wiggle room ― are a setup for failure. 

Small, incremental lifestyle changes may feel less sexy, but they have a much greater chance of creating real change. According to Dr. Roberta Anding, a registered dietician and nutrition professor at Baylor College of Medicine, moderating your resolutions could be the difference between giving up in February and creating a lasting lifestyle change.

U.S. News & World Report suggested ‘reframing‘ our resolutions to give ourselves a better chance to succeed. Part of the story reads, “Set reasonable goals. If you have not been a runner in the past, running four miles a day is not likely to happen. Rather, start with a goal like walking or exercising 20 percent more per month than you do right now. Be honest about your baseline and then set targets for each month until you feel great.”

Let us know about your 2017 resolutions. Are you still determined to think big or do you think scaling back a little gives you a better chance to see your resolutions through? If you had one resolution for Arizona next year, what would it be? Ours remains pretty lofty, but using the idea of making steady progress will help move us closer to our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

Have a safe and happy new year!

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