Friday, 28 December 2012

New Year's Resolutions

2012 is slowly coming to an end, now that we've had Christmas and New Year's Eve's just a few days away.
With 2013 getting closer as the days go by, more and more people are going to make New Year's Resolutions (NYR), so I thought I'd share a bit of information about how to stick to them, and what my resolutions are.

First of all, what is a NYR ?
A NYR is a commitment a person makes to one or more personal goals or the reforming of a habit (such as exercise more, quit smoking, etc.). One of the key elements that makes a NYR different from other resolutions is that it is made in anticipation of the New Year and new beginnings.
Normally the general plan for a NYR is to follow it for the entire new year, and hopefully for the rest of ones' life.

According to about.com, some of the most common NYRs are:
  • Lose weight / Get fit
  • Quit smoking
  • Drink less or quit drinking
  • Learn something new
  • Help others
  • Spend more time with family and friends
So, how do we stick to these resolutions ?
  1. Be specific. If your resolution is to lose weight, don't just write down you want to lose weight, instead, put down a goal like "I want to lose 5 kg" - Make them realistic and measurable. It will make it a lot easier to track your progress and get a feeling of accomplishment when you reach your goal.
  2. Make a list of your resolutions, but limit the number. It's better to do a few resolutions really well, than doing a long list poorly (or not at all).
  3. Stick to one resolution at a time. It can be overwhelming trying to change multiple bad behaviours at the same time.
  4. Tell your friends and/or family. Odds are, some of them have the same resolution, and you'll be able to help each other by supporting each other.
  5. Practice new behaviours that encourage success. If you want to quit smoking, stop hanging out in the smokers area of your work. If you want to lose weight, stop bringing desserts, junk food, candy or ice cream into your house. Limit your exposure to people who are likely to encourage resolution-breaking.
  6. Don't beat yourself up - Remember that minor missteps when reaching your goals are completely normal and OK. Don’t give up completely because you ate a brownie and broke your diet, or skipped the gym for a week because you were busy. Everyone has ups and downs; resolve to recover from your mistakes and get back on track.

I told you I would share my NYRs as well, and here they are:
  • Complete a 10 km run, sub 45 min.
  • Eat more healthy (I know this isn't a completely measurable resolution, but it's on the list anyway).
  • Deadlift 8 reps of 100 kg (part of the Danish Military Strength Test, level 5).
Those are the resolutions I've made so far.. Not sure if more will come, but as you can see, 2 of them are quite measurable resolutions, and easy to stick to.

Comment below and let me know what your resolutions are :)
And if you need a great social network to help motivate you, I think you should check out Fitocracy