Working on setting goals not resolutions.
New Year’s resolutions don’t work, get this:
- 25% of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions after one week.
- 60% of people abandon them within six months. (The average person makes the same New Year’s resolution ten separate times without success.)
- Only 5 percent of those who lose weight on a diet keep it off; 95% regain it and a significant percentage gain back more than they originally lost.
- Even after a heart attack, only 14 percent of patients make any lasting changes around eating or exercise.
But while New Year’s resolutions don’t work, goals do! If you have not yet filled out your goal card at the Seattle Athletic Club perhaps you should think about doing it; studies have shown that goals that are written are more likely to be accomplished.
If you need some help completing your goals, just follow the SMART goal setting rules:
- Specific: make a detail oriented goal.
- Measurable: make sure the goal and an amount or time associated with
- Attainable: make sure the goal can be realistically attained.
- Reward Based: treat yourself to a present for completing your goal.
- Time Based: make sure your goal has a realistic start and end date that gives you the best outcome.
The goals and time frame are entirely up to you. You may want to focus your long-term goals on improving a specific health condition or your goal may be to simply play tennis again. Your success depends on setting goals that are truly important to you—and possessing a strong desire to achieve them. Everyone is capable of achieving well planned health and fitness goals. Making small, consistent changes often brings about lasting results. If you would like to discuss your 2015 goals with a personal trainer please contact Fitness Director Jacob Galloway or find a trainer at a fitness desk and start a conversation with them.