Health and wellness followed by financial stability are the top 2 categories for New Year’s resolutions.

How can you make sure you realize your resolution in 2016?

  1. Make it something you want to do, not should do. Austin Frakt says to first ask yourself two questions: “Why don’t I do this already?” and “Why do I feel the need to do this now?”
  2. Be specific. Instead of saying “I want to lose weight”, say “I want to do zumba 3 times/week and cook my meals at home”.
  3. Engage your friends. If you want to lose weight, join a workout class or fitness club with your friend – it must be something that you find fun. You’ll motivate and encourage each other along the way.
  4. Make it a daily effort. Include your resolution into your day-to-day routine and after a couple of months, it’ll become a habit.
  5. Write about it. Journaling and tracking your efforts can help you stay motivated, especially when it comes to resolutions concerning food. You can even use free apps like MyFitnessPal or Nike+ Running.

Remember, it must be something that you find important and not something that you feel forced into doing.

For more:

How to lose weight

Huffington Post: 5 hacks for making your resolution stick

New York Times article by Austin Frakt

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