New Year's resolutions were designed to give people an opportunity to make changes
in their lives and achieve personal milestones. They are often viewed as a fresh start and a chance to set positive physical and mental health intentions for the rest of the year. However, with challenging schedules, temptations, and everything else that life throws at us, it's easy to put our personal health on the sidelines. Staying on track with your goals may be challenging at times, but follow these 10 easy tips for staying motivated to put your health first throughout the entire year.
Write It Down
Get yourself a pretty planner and write down your goals each week. Keeping a log of your progress throughout the month will help you visualize your intentions and stay on track. Choose from one of these33 planners to help keep your sh*t together in 2018.
Work Your Way Up
Make your goals measurable by starting small and working your way up. If one of your resolutions is to run a half marathon,sign up for a 5K or two before the big race. Having realistic, bite-size goals leading to a larger one will encourage you to keep it up. Read up on thesetips to help build your running endurance.
Complete a Challenge
A great way to work toward a goal without losing motivation is through fitness challenges. Choose from a variety of options likeplank,squat, orburpee challenges to build endurance day by day and achieve the stronger body you've always wanted in a month's or even two weeks' time.
Prep Your Meals
Avoid the temptation of takeout and junk food byprepping your meals andsnacks ahead of time. Label and store your food in glass containers so they're easy to grab and go. Be sure to have a variety of meals and get inspiration from this roundup ofeasy meal-prep ideas.
Switch It Up
Avoid getting tired of your fitness routine by opting for something new, like thatdance class you've been eyeing at the gym. If you usually run, tryswimming, or if youexercise at home, take yourworkout outside. Switching things up will keep it fun and interesting, which will help motivate you to keep going toward your goals.
For every milestone you achieve, treat yourself to something special, like anat-home spa day. Write down your goal (in thatnew planner!), the expected timeline, and how you'll reward yourself once you reach it. Sometimes it's just a little treat, like thelipstick that's been on your wish list, that is the perfect motivation to get you to that goal.
Whether your resolution is to exercise30 minutes a day or do adaily meditation, use your phone to help you to stay on track. Add daily reminders in your calendar or use the alarm clock to alert you to do things like your workout ordrinking a glass of water. There are also several useful apps dedicated to helping you plan out your life and accomplish your to-do list; check outseven of our favorites.
Don't Go It Alone
Ask your best gal pal or favorite coworker tojoin you in a fitness challenge or new workout class. If you're the competitive type,set goals together to keep track of your progress and see who can hit the target first. Having a partner to check in with helps maintain accountability and makes things more fun when encouraging each other.
Clear the pantry and fridge of junk food and stock up on a variety ofhealthy and satisfying foods so you're always prepared when those cravings kick in. Freshfruits and vegetables are more nutritious and more filling, so avoid the bag of chips by not having it easily accessible.
Take It Easy
Take your goals and resolutions seriously, but take it easy on yourself. Keeping a strict regimen is one way to achieve your goals, but what's the point if you didn't have fun on the journey to get there? Mix yoga into your routine to establish balance and give yourself a chance to check in with your body. If you have a craving and indulge on dessert after dinner, allow yourself to enjoy it. Try one (or more) of these33 fun New Year's resolutionsthat won't feel like work but will make you happy.
This article originally published on PopSugar.com by JAMIE MIEULI