2016 resolutions

With all of the holiday cookies, parties, and eggnog, this season sounds like it would be the worst time for a healthy resolution. Despite that, thousands of us make New Year’s resolutions, vowing to finally lose some weight, save more money, and be a better person. Of course, it’s no surprise that these dreams rarely come true, and plenty of us end up with another year of the same. But don’t worry! With a little help, this could finally be your year!

Check out our dos and don’ts to make healthy resolutions for 2016 that will actually stick.

Don’t: Promise Too Much

What’s worse than losing sight of a resolution? Losing sight of more than one! It makes sense that too many resolutions are harder to keep than just one. Getting an optimistic buzz from the holidays is great, but don’t go overboard: resolutions that are overwhelming are more likely to be unsuccessful. Not only do you need to be able to stick to your plan for a few months, but a successful goal should last for years to come!

Do: Be Goal-Oriented

We’ve all heard the perennial favorites, like “lose weight” or “have better nutrition.” What do most of these have in common? They’re quite vague. Instead, setting specific goals will work wonders in allowing you to reach your target. For example, “lose two pounds a month” or “eat vegetables or fruits with every meal” are much more attainable goals that are likely to produce results. Once you’ve done some research and made a plan, stick to it! It’s easier to accomplish smaller tasks than massive, year-long endeavors.

Don’t: Tell Anyone and Everyone

We all have a relative or friend who tells everyone who will listen about their hot new resolution. Makes sense, right? Prevailing wisdom dictates that the more people you tell, the more likely you are to stay on track. However, It turns out that spouting resolutions incessantly might trick your brain into thinking you’re closer to meeting your goal than you really are, making you less likely to get there in the end. That said, you don’t need to be completely silent: telling a few people who are close to you about your goals might work, especially if they can help you stick to your plan.

Do: Consider What’s Really Important

In the end, the holidays are about enjoying a break and spending time with the people you love. Goals and resolutions to better your health are great, but going to the extreme isn’t worth sacrificing a fun holiday season or valuable time with family. Food and fun are both essential to making a memorable holiday. Whatever you try to accomplish, make sure it’s something that will help you feel better and make this year the healthiest yet!