Health Place tips for maintaining new year’s resolutions

We’re all guilty of setting those typical unrealistic, over-ambitious New Year’s resolutions each year at the stroke of midnight. Who are we kidding? Do we honestly believe that these intoxicated, somewhat brilliant-at-the-time ideas are really going to be achievable? Mixed amongst a head full of champagne, supreme enthusiasm and very little sensibility, these goals are most likely setting us up for failure. And, nobody likes to begin their year on a negative note!

Quit smoking, lose weight, minimize alcohol consumption, save money, exercise more, seek a better job; these are all prime examples of GREAT lifestyle changes! However, the more extravagant the resolution, the more difficult the implementation process may be. Unfortunately, difficulty acts as an obstacle that may cause a deterioration of motivation towards the goals we were once SO passionate to achieve. Thus, goal-neglect occurs and we’re back at square one; practicing 2013’s dirty little habits.

The Health Place team do not want to see this happen to you! We’re 100% committed to providing treatments and information that will enhance your mind, body and soul whilst simultaneously increasing your ability to perform at an optimal level. We aim to assist you in reaching your fullest potential for every opportunity that crosses your path. Thus, we’ve composed a list of useful tips that will help you (and us) stay on track with 2014 New Year’s resolutions. With the following tips and our therapists on standby, we have no doubts that 2014 will be a successful year for you!

Tip #1: Be specific and realistic with your goal-setting

Be honest with yourself; set goals that are realistic and within reach of achievement amongst other life commitments. Make improvements where and when necessary; small improvements are greater than radical change.

Example: Replace your goal from ‘lose weight’ to ‘lose 10kg in six months’.

Tip #2: Create a strong and reliable support network

We are most like the five people who we surround ourselves with most frequently. Therefore, if you inform your close friends and family of your NY resolution, it’ll make life easier for you in terms of giving in to temptation, seeking guidance, gaining encouragement and maintaining focus on the end goal.

Tip #3: Seek professional advice

If you’re serious about becoming the best version of yourself, it’s worthwhile that you do some research and seek professional advice in regards to your goals.

Example: If you’re aiming to run a marathon, book an appointment with a dietitian.

Our resident dietitian, Andrew Hall, is a fountain of nutritional knowledge who will undoubtedly be of incredible assistance when it comes to achieving goals involving sports nutrition (and weight loss). The better equipped you are, the higher the likelihood you’ll achieve your goal.

Tip #4: Establish a goal achievement plan

Take some time to sit down and put some thought into a goal achievement plan. Goal success is heightened by the fact that small steps contribute towards a greater sense of achievement and diminished cravings. Think long-term, nothing worth having will happen overnight. The human body requires time to adjust to drastic changes, going cold-turkey could perhaps be the number one killer of most New Year’s resolutions; remember that!

*Extra tip – Include massage or acupuncture into your goal plan for maintained focus and speedier results.

Tip #5:  Celebrate your successes

Reward yourself at important milestones. The positive reward will encourage you to maintain (if not, surpass) your momentum and reach goals within your set deadlines.

Example: If your goal is to lose 10kg in six months, reward yourself with a massage once you’ve lost 2kg.

Self-love is a fantastic thing! Amidst the journey, it’s vital that you remember how wonderful you truly are, how far you’ve already come and spoil yourself regularly.

Tip #6: Maintain a positive mindset

Needs very little explanation. Simply, if you think positively and maintain a positive mindset throughout the year – positive things are GUARANTEED to happen.

Example: Instead of thinking to yourself – ‘I can’t be bothered going to the gym today’, think to yourself – ‘I always feel amazing after a gym session’.

The post-effects of a good session at the gym are hard to beat. Get those endorphins flowing, learn to love that post-gym feeling and you’ll be making regular trips to the gym in absolutely no time at all. It’s all about associating the gym with positive thoughts.

Tip #7: Keep a record

The writing down process creates a greater connection between your ‘thinking self’ and your ‘doing self’. It’s relatively easy to imagine an idea/goal, writing it down will make the goal appear more real and you’ll be at a stage where you can confirm this is the exact goal you’re willing to achieve.

Keep the goal posted somewhere visible as a daily reminder of what you’re trying to achieve.

 “If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up” – Armed with these tips, we’re confident you’ll be less inclined to show any signs of giving up. Good luck with your resolutions, we hope you’ll all gain success whilst enjoying a happy and healthy 2014!

Written by Laura Braulins, James Street Reception Team