Fitness Friday: Fitness Resolutions
My New Year’s Resolutions
It is a long-standing tradition at the beginning of every new year to sit down and plan out your goals for the year, or resolutions. Many people begin planning their New Year resolutions while stuffing their bellies with holiday delights and singing “Aude Lang Syne”, yet how many of those resolutions actually make it till the next new year?
According to the University of Scranton, 75% of resolutions continue through the first week of the year, yet only 46% will make it through the first six months.
I have always set New Years “wishes”. I will not call them goals or even resolutions because they were never vocalized or planned. I think that is the largest difference between the success of a resolution. 2017 will be different for my “wishes” because they will officially graduate to a resolution. I had made many different resolutions for this year within three different categories, Fitness, Finance, and Fun. Obviously, this post will detail my three fitness resolutions for 2017.
The process of creating my fitness resolutions was fairly simple. I wanted these resolutions to be achievable yet challenging, easily planned or tracked, and most importantly not something futile. For a resolution to have success in my life there must be meeting and merit to them, aka not pointless. I reviewed my life during 2016 and picked up three different areas I wish I had room for improvement.
Resolution #1: Drink at least 64 ounces of water each day
Resolution #2: Develop and stick to a fitness routine
Resolution #3: Train and run a half-marathon
I will be tracking my success and failures in my planner and be updating you each week on Fridays. Since the start of 2017, I consider myself part of the 46% of resolution makers who still are on track following the first week of the year. I am following a schedule to train for a half-marathon and are currently one week 4 of the plan. I am tracking my water intake daily. While I am not meeting my 64 oz goal religiously, I have been averaging right under 8 cups each day. As for my goal of a fitness routine, I will test that resolution after I have no half marathon training plan to follow.
Do you have success stories regarding a New Years Resolution? How did you motivate yourself to stick to your plan and what were your tracking methods?