Reset your resolutions with help from the Y

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Asheville, N.C., Jan. 31, 2020 - Making resolutions is a New Year’s tradition, but it can be easier to remember the lyrics to “Auld Lang Syne” than to keep a promise to yourself. In fact, a YMCA survey found that less than a quarter of respondents kept their resolutions. Many (71 percent) tried, but fell short of their goals, while 40 percent confessed that they gave up within the first few months, even weeks, of the new year!

The good news is that it’s never too late to reset your resolutions. In fact, you can do it any time of the year.

While there’s no “right way” to keep a resolution, here are a few tips to improve your chance of success (and your self-esteem):

  • Start small. Break those big resolutions into small, achievable goals. “Get healthy” is too broad, so reframe that big resolution into a more manageable goal. Instead of cutting chocolate out of your diet for good, vow to only have it a few times a week. Or trade your two sodas a day for one soda and a glass of water.
  • Take it one step at a time. Trying to change too many habits at once can easily lead to frustration. Instead of a New Year’s resolution, make a new month resolution. Focus on that one change for the month and add another (small) change when the new month rolls around.
  • Keep the faith. Don’t get discouraged by setbacks. Even though you may experience some missteps throughout the day – or even the week – that doesn’t mean you have to give up. Bad habits aren’t created in a week, so try as you might, you can’t change them in a week either. 
  • It’s all about attitude. It’s important to think about what you’re gaining from a resolution rather than what you’re missing. This can make a resolution feel more positive, and therefore more achievable. For example, you may want to limit your screen time this year, but that can be more manageable if you replace it with something positive like volunteering or setting special time aside for family.
  • Talk it out. It’s easier to stick to your resolutions if you have a partner or friend working with you. Team up with someone to set your goals and help each other establish a game plan dedicated to achieving them. Set specific check-ins to help each other out of slumps and to cheer each other during the high points.

While we’d love everyone to join the Y, when it comes to adding healthy behaviors like increasing physical activity, it’s important to find a facility where you feel comfortable, but also keeps you motivated. Before committing to a membership, take a tour of local gyms to find the best fit for you. Your facility should not be just a gym, but an environment that offers more health, more hope, and more opportunity.

Now is a great time to get started – join the Y Feb. 1-5 and pay nothing until Feb. 15. Drop by your local Y to reset your resolutions today.