Dec 23, 2019 11:45 AM

new year resolution

The New Year is here. 2020 is no longer just a faraway thought, it’s reality! With the new decade on hand, many of us will create that somewhat intimidating list of goals—and plan to stick to it longer than in years past. In January, people aim to exercise more, lose weight, eat healthier, learn a new skill, or find a new hobby. These resolutions are great, but achieving them is the most important part.

University of Utah Health is here to make the transition into 2020 a little easier, a little more attainable, and maybe even more fun. Here are four tips to stick to those New Year Resolutions.

  1. Outline your plan. Whether it’s to run 30 minutes in the morning three days a week or take a well-deserved stretch break at lunch, outlining the plan is the first step. A plan should always include attainable goals‚—that’s the most important part. If you’re used to running, bump up the mileage. If you feel tight at lunch, stretch for 10 minutes. Whatever your aim, plan it out and stick to it. This change is not going to happen overnight, so give yourself some time and enjoy the process
  2. Stick to something you know. Don’t force yourself to eat only apples and do 30 push-ups on the hour—especially if you’re used to that type of food or that type of workout? Find what you’re familiar with and stick to it. Tackling something unknown can lead to quicker frustrations and a miserable start to 2020.
  3. Join a fitness class. Several gyms have classes that are not only fun but physically worth it. Or hold yourself accountable by signing up for the Salt Lake City Marathon and begin your training! Look into the nutrition services offered at U of U Health or find a local 5K. If you work at University of Utah or U of U Health, you can join PEAK fitness classes. These are a great way to meet new people and get active with new and old friends.,
  4. Find a training buddy. The best way to stay motivated is to rely on someone to support you. Find a family member, coworker, or friend and align your goals: afternoon runs, Thursday night yoga classes, bike rides through a park… With a fitness friend who motivates you and creates that sense of accountability, it’s much more fun to stay active.

Everyone struggles with sticking to and achieving New Year resolutions. But making a list and setting a New Year goal for January 2020 doesn’t have to be difficult. Follow these four tips and mix them in with some of your personal favorites and you’ll start the new decade right! 

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