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5 Hacks to Help You Stick to Your 2022 New Year’s Resolutions

Most people don’t stick to their New Year’s resolutions. Make sure you’re not one of them! 

Have you joined the New Year’s fitness resolution bandwagon? If you’re disappointed about not sticking to your resolutions last year, you’re not the only one. According to research, approximately 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail. 

But don’t get discouraged. Even if things didn’t go according to plan last year, 2022 is your chance to make your resolutions stick. 

Here are the top 5 hacks to help you stick to your 2022 New Year’s fitness resolutions. Use this as your playbook when the going gets tough. 

#1: Find Your Starting Point

Before embarking on your New Year’s resolutions, you first must understand the root of your behavior. For example, if your resolution is to eat healthier, you must first understand the cause of your eating patterns.

Start by tracking what you eat for three days and write down your results. Then, evaluate your habits. Do you eat late at night? Are you snacking on junk food or dining out a lot? Exercises like this will help you identify the root of the problem. 

#2: Set Attainable Resolutions

The first step to achieving your New Year’s resolution is to set a goal you can actually attain. Many people set New Year’s resolutions but most find them hard to stick to. More often than not, it’s because their goals are unrealistic. 

Those who are successful make sure their goals are realistic. Unreasonable resolutions, like vowing to lose 30 pounds in 30 days, automatically set you up for failure. Not only is it unrealistic, it’s unhealthy! Instead, think of the bigger picture–your overall health and well-being—and then focus on eating better and exercising more. 

Expert Tip: Start small and gain some early wins. This will encourage long-term consistency. 

Related: Set Smart Fitness Goals to Reach Your Full Potential

#3: Set Up Mini-Wins

Establishing small benchmarks to aim for each month will help you maintain your motivation throughout the year.

For example, if your goal is to lose 30 pounds, break it up into 3- to 5-pound increments per month. That’s way more manageable (and healthy) than trying to lose it all in a single month.

Mini-wins give you plenty of reason to celebrate your incremental success along the way. 

#4: Find an Accountability Partner

When you’re training alone, it’s so easy to talk yourself out of it. “I’ll do it tomorrow,” or “this can wait,” becomes regular dialogue on your way to the gym. But when someone’s waiting for you, this negative self-talk diminishes.

Whether it’s a friend, family member or even your significant other, a workout partner holds you accountable and provides a powerful level of support.

Research suggests that workout buddies increase the likelihood of you reaching your goals by 95 percent.

Just remember— choose wisely. Make sure to pick someone who pushes you to succeed and encourages you to keep going, even when you don’t feel like it. 

Related: 5 Reasons Why a Workout Buddy Is the Best Thing You Can Do for Your Health

#5: Schedule a Competition 90 Days Into 2022

Not competitive by nature? No problem. Fun contests can push anyone to do better and achieve more. 

Adding a competitive element to your New Year’s fitness resolutions helps you stay motivated to follow a consistent routine. Consistency is the key to making fitness a long-term habit. And because there’s a payoff at the end, it makes your goals measurable. 

“I will train for the next 3 months in preparation for this competition.” See, that’s measurable! It’s way better than the nebulous goal of, “I want to get in phenomenal shape.” You can’t measure that! 

Signing up for a competition, whether it’s a Gymondo 30-day workout challenge or a 5K run, will reinforce consistency, commitment and your need to achieve. Just make sure to set a specific date and sign up at the beginning of January so you’ll be more likely to stick with it. 

It’s about the journey, not the destination. Reframe your fitness resolutions with the help of Gymondo. Explore 100s of motivating workouts for your level and goals with classes sorted by style, difficulty and duration. Jumpstart your resolution today and start your free 7-day trial. 

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