Mayo Clinic: Get Real With New Year’s Resolutions

Dec 31, 2019

Mayo Clinic News Network – Getting in better shape is consistently one of the most common New Year’s resolutions people make each year, but many have a hard time following through.

Danielle Johnson, a wellness physical therapist with the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, offers tips to make it easier to stick to a resolution to get in shape.

Most people have done it at least once. They make a New Year’s resolution to get in better shape, but give up after a few days or weeks.

Johnson says there are a few things you can do to increase your odds of making good on that resolution.

“Making sure that you start with a really realistic goal,” Johnson says, is the first step, “then really thinking about what do you enjoy.”

Johnson says one of the first hurdles that trips a lot of people up is forcing themselves to do exercises they hate.

“[Start] looking at some new goals that you can be excited about,” she says. “Exercise should not be drudgery. Exercise should be fun.”

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Johnson says it’s also important to be realistic about your time commitment.

“Maybe you only have 20, 30 minutes three days a week,” she says. “Start from a place where we can build success. You can always add more.”

But above all else, she says, be honest with yourself about what you can stick to. If it’s not a feasible goal, your chances of achieving it drop drastically.

“So having realistic, healthy expectations can be a really good way to move forward in a very successful physical activity plan.”

Courtesy: Mayo Clinic News Network


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