Making and Keeping New Year's Resolutions


Set Specific Goals

Everyone wants to get fit and lose weight but specific goals are easier to accomplish.  Keep from making excessively difficult goals and ones attained too easily. Detailed goals like losing five pounds in 6 months or going to the gym two times a week allow for plans to be made. This way you can change your diet and plan on eating lighter dinners every night or you can wake up early on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a yoga class before work. Having specific goals will help you create a plan and meet daily and ultimately larger goals.



Stick to the Plan

Forming new habits can be challenging. That unexpected apple pie may sabotage your diet. Going to the gym becomes a struggle after a long day at work.  Faltering is impossible to avoid but without the difficulties, accomplishing your goals would feel less satisfactory.  After a slip up, it's good to return to your goal as quickly as possible. Missing multiple days creates a new habit that keeps you farther from your goal.  Every time you go, you'll be getting stronger, healthier, and changing your lifestlye.  Stick to the plan.  As heavy weight body builder Ronnie Coleman said "Ain't nothin to it but to do it."  

Have Accountability

One of the great parts about climbing is that it's best to do with other people.  Find a climbing partner to meet every Tuesday night at the gym or someone who wants to boulder early on Thursday mornings before work.   The meeting time will keep you on track.  Having someone to hold you accountable is a great way to stay on track with your New Year's resolutions. 

Reward Yourself

Reinforcing positive habits makes changing easier. If you want to climb more, reward yourself with a new pair of shoes on your tenth day climbing. If you want to lose weight, buy a cookbook that details tasty meals. Encourage the habits that move you toward your goal. Challenge yourself with your resolution and reward yourself when you succeed. 

Whatever your goals may be in the New Year, we're happy to be a part of the process! Ask the front desk at your local gym about new fitness classes or events at the gym that make fitness fun!

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