6 Reasons You Should Absolutely Not Make New Years Resolutions.

Yep. I said it.

Now before you go all bat sh*t crazy on me, like “OMG you’re a Personal Trainer, how can you say that?”. Have a read first.

Did you know? According to statistics, just 8% of people that make New Years Resolutions actually achieve their goals. 8%!!! So why do we continue to do something that clearly isn’t working?

From the same source, “Loosing Weight” was ranked number 1 in the Top 10 New Years Resolutions for 2015. That’s a lot of weight not lost.

I believe as a Personal Trainer that you should set realistic, measurable and achievable goals — not New Years Resolutions. 8% of the time they are the same thing, but for majority of the population they aren’t.

So find out why I think you should absolutely not make New Years Resolutions in 2016.

1. They are unrealistic

We all know a year is a LONG time. So when we think about setting New Years Resolutions we set these big, generalised, non-specific and unrealistic resolutions. We get all excited, like:

  • Yes! It’s 2016.
  • I am going to be so fit and strong and super healthy.
  • I’m going to have kick ass Instagram photos.
  • I’m totally going to walk around with no shirt (for males) or in my sports bra at the gym (for females).
  • I’m going to workout all the time.

Really though? What does that even mean? “I’m going to work out all the time”. Honestly please don’t. You could seriously injure yourself then your resolutions will really be screwed.

2. They don’t have a visual or physical end point

When you set a New Years Resolution you tend to set a big one like: “I’m going to get really fit”. But no one ever takes the time to think about when they will decide that they are actually fit. When there is no end point. When you don’t actually know if your resolution is reached. Then you’ve set a resolution that after a few weeks seems unachievable and you give up. So please don’t do this.

Action Step: Think about what you goal is. Then think about what it would look like, feel like, and/or weigh in at to have achieved your goal.

It may seem obvious reading it now. But trust me. People do not do this. Even myself. I had a training session at Inspiration PT just before I started doing some work with them. I had included on my form that I wanted to improve my fitness, and Alex (the trainer) asked me what ‘fitter’ would look like. After I thought about it I realised I don’t actually want to be fitter. I already teach a lot of classes. I want to maintain my fitness I have and work on other areas of my body and sports. So it pays to think about these things.

3. They are never specific

This goes back to my point about New Years Resolutions being big, generalised, non-specific and unrealistic. It’s really great to say, at the end of this year I am going to be all of these amazing things. However, if you don’t know how to get there or the right steps to take (and actually plan them out) then this is where most people fall over because they give up if the tasks seems to big.

Action Step: Work out how you are going to achieve your goal be specific:

  • Do you need any professional advice?
  • What exactly do you want to achieve?
  • Do you want to compete in an event?
  • How much weight do you want to loose?
  • How much weight do you want to lift?
  • What new skill do you want to try (and why)?

4. They never have any guidelines

Ever made a New Years Resolution at the beginning of the year. Felt inspired and motivated to work at it for a week and then give up? Because realistically you know you have a whole year to achieve it and what’s the harm if you don’t work at it for a week? This is why New Years Resolutions suck. You don’t set any guidelines for yourself to stick to. So you can’t actually get closer to what you are trying to achieve.

Action Step:

  • How much time each week do you need to put towards your goal?
  • Break it down to smaller goals, what does each step look like?
  • What are you absolutely not allowed to do?

5. No one is ever accountable for their New Years Resolutions

No one ever chases themselves at the end of the year and says “Did I achieve my resolution this year?”. Okay, so some people might and I bet the answer was no to the question anyway. If you’re anything like me. I never remember what mine was…..

6. They try to change everything at once

New Years Resolutions are often set with big sights because you have a whole year. However, in order to make a real change studies show that you need to change a number of small habits at a time and progress from there. You can’t do everything at once.

Note: This piece of writing was in no way meant to offend anyone who has set New Years Resolutions and its a guide to help aid people in the right direction to achieving their goals.

If you want to set HONEST and REALISTIC goals with great steps along the way please check out my post on how to set fitness goals here: http://www.wondrous.com.au/set-fitness-goals/. This can be applied to any goal but is designed specifically for fitness goals.

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Have you set a New Years Resolution for 2016?
What can you add to your health and fitness goals after reading this post?

Eg. My New Years Resolution for 2016 would have been — do more new things. My goal now for 2016 is to try at least one new activity a month. Whether that is practicing a skill or just flat out trying something new. By the end of 2016 that will be 12 new adventures and you’ll be hearing all about them on the blog — so that’s me being accountable.

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Originally published at www.wondrous.com.au on January 4, 2016.