- For a lot of people, a new year is a chance to start fresh and set a New Year’s resolution for better health.
- However, just as many people will abandon these goals mere weeks into the year.
- While people start off full of hope, too often something happens along the way that causes them to stop working toward their goals.
Erica Lugo and Steve Cook, the coaches for USA Network’s “The Biggest Loser,” understand the importance of goal setting.
“I do make resolutions,” Cook told TODAY via email. “One personal, one for business and one for relationships. I focus on something small that I know won’t be easy, but will be doable if I try.”
Lugo agrees that focusing on something tiny, but attainable helps people make the best resolutions.
“A decent one is one that’s all about baby steps that (has) an end goal,” she told TODAY.
The two share their tips for creating New Year’s resolutions that people can stick to all year long to foster healthy habits.
1. Create a schedule
Setting a goal will be more effective with a timeline. A more achievable goal could be to exercise Monday, Wednesday and Friday before work, for example.
“Create a schedule that you will stick to,” Cook said. “It’s no coincidence that successful people follow schedules. A schedule allows you to create habits. Habits are important because they are something that no longer takes self-control to complete.”
2. Make it reasonable
Lugo sets smart goals by creating reasonable resolutions. She recommends that people ask themselves some simple questions.
“Is it sensible? Is it measurable? Is it achievable? Is it realistic? What’s the timeline?” she said. “If you can answer all those things with your New Year’s resolution, then, more than likely, it’s going to work out.”
Smaller goals make it easier for people to fulfill them.
3. Do it with a friend
Sharing a New Year’s resolution with a friend, partner or coworker can help people achieve their goals.
“I’ve only been to lose the weight because I found people who also wanted to do the same thing,” she said. “I continue to keep it off because I surround myself with people who want to do the same thing.”
4. Revisit resolutions
For some, a New Year’s resolution is so easy that they achieve it within months.
“Once your New Year’s resolution achieved you can always make it more challenging, but it’s better to start off slow and build momentum,” Cook said.
5. Be mindful
When stress hits, it feels hard to stick to a healthy resolution.
“Being mindful is the number one priority when it comes to attaining your goals,” she explained. “I have to actually be mindful and say ‘This is my goal and this is my life. This is not just for whenever it’s convenient for me.’”