Making a weight loss or wellness goal at the start of the New Year is a great way to commit to prioritizing your health during the year, but somewhere along the way, it’s often incredibly easy to fall back into old habits. Little by little, we forget about our New Years’ goals until, suddenly, another year passes us by.
Spring is a time for renewal, growth, and positivity—a perfect opportunity to recommit to the health and wellness goals you set at the beginning of the new year. This guide will help you recommit with “Spring Forward Goals” that support your journey to becoming your happiest, healthiest self.
Did you set a fitness-related goal in the New Year, but have found that your motivation has fizzled over the last few months? Here are some tips for rekindling your fitness goals this spring:
Write down your goals
You’re neurologically designed to achieve something if you write it down, so put those goals on paper.[*]
Get an accountability buddy
Exercising with a friend or family member can help keep you motivated and accountable.
Change things up
Exercise shouldn’t be a miserable experience. If you haven’t been enjoying your workouts, switch things up! There are several forms of exercising besides running on a treadmill or lifting weights, such as hiking, swimming, dancing, practicing yoga, cardio boxing, and bike riding. Find what you enjoy.
Setting goals related to your mental health are just as important as setting goals for your physical health. Perhaps you made a New Year’s pledge to be more mindful, reduce time spent on social media, or meditate, but lost steam a month in. Here are some tips to get back on track:
Start with small steps
Making small incremental changes can make sticking to new healthy habits easier. For example, rather than saying you’ll meditate every day for an hour, start by meditating every day for ten minutes. That’s much more manageable and will increase your likelihood of long-term success.
Don’t be so hard on yourself
Many people will beat themselves up if they fall off the wagon, however, this only serves to worsen your mental health—not improve it. To continue with our meditation example, don’t berate yourself if you miss a day. Be kind to yourself and resolve to pick it back up tomorrow.
Spring ushers in longer days and ample sunshine. Take advantage of this by spending time in nature, which can help boost your mood and vitamin D levels.[*]
Resolving to eat healthier is a common New Year’s resolution. It’s also very common to fall back into old habits within a month or two. Here are our top tips for refreshing your nutrition goals:
Stop counting calories
Calorie counting is not sustainable because no one can keep up with it forever. When people eventually quit, they may feel like a failure or become so frustrated that they give up on their diet altogether. Instead, focus on nutrients. Make sure your meals are balanced and filled with colorful fruits and veggies.
Loosen your approach
Overly restrictive diets are unrealistic for the long-term. Instead of removing entire food groups, focus on eating a variety of healthy carbs, fats, and protein.
Evaluate “cheat days”
For some people, having indulgent treats every once in a while helps them stick with their healthy eating plan longer. For others, a “cheat day” can easily spiral into cheat weeks or months. Be honest with yourself about which category you fall in and make any necessary changes accordingly.
Encountering a setback is one of the most common reasons people abandon their New Year’s resolutions. If you’ve relapsed into some bad habits, take advantage of the renewed energy of spring and set some Spring Forward Goals.
Remember, achieving your wellness goals is not always a straight line. Don’t view setbacks as failures. Instead, view them as opportunities for learning and growth.
If you’d like some additional support in achieving your wellness goals, Hilton Head Health is here to assist you. Give us a call at (800) 292-2440 to learn about our award-winning weight loss and wellness programs.