5 Tips to Make the Most of Your New Year’s Resolutions

  • December 14th, 2022

The art of making, and ultimately sticking to, New Year’s resolutions focused on health and wellness can seem like a tall task for some.

Students working out in the Student Rec Center“The new year often brings excitement for a fresh start and new opportunities for personal goals and self-improvement,” said Sheena Gregg, assistant director of the department of health promotion and wellness and a registered dietitian. “However, New Year’s resolutions can often serve as a point of discouragement when we don’t meet our expectations with our goals.”

Gregg has five tips to keep in mind when creating your 2023 resolutions.

Be SMART

SMART is an acronym often used in goal setting and refers to making sure your goal is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound instead of being too general and harder to gauge progress. For example, instead of saying, “I will exercise more,” a SMART version of this goal is, “I plan to workout three times per week for 45 minutes prior to work on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.”

Be Flexible

Often when we create New Year’s resolutions, we envision our goal as something set in stone that can’t be changed once declared. Instead, consider setting dates throughout the beginning of the year that allow you to evaluate your current progress with your goal and if the goal needs to be revised to better meet your needs.

Be Creative

If you’ve realized that any past resolutions you’ve had related to eating and exercise have proven unfruitful or even caused emotional distress, consider thinking outside of the box when it comes to creating health-focused resolutions. Non-diet and -exercise health goals include making a resolution to be consistent with doctor’s visits this year or scheduling a weekly mental health hour for yourself to practice a self-care activity of your choosing.

Be Open

Consider asking close friends or a professional for input on goals they believe would be helpful to you in the new year. Many times, we like to keep our resolution ideas to ourselves, but asking someone close to us with an outsider’s perspective can open possibilities for relevant goals that we’ve not considered in the past.

Be Positive

If you normally create nutrition goals centered on what you want to limit in your diet, consider creating goals that focus on what you want to add more of to your daily eating this year. Instead of saying, “I will no longer eat fried food or drink soda,” a more optimistic goal that will likely yield more consistency would be, “I will choose grilled items more often and add more water to my daily intake.”

Contact

Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications, bryant.welbourne@ua.edu

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