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Why do we wait to set New Year’s Resolutions… to break them?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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How many times have we seen New Year’s Resolutions videos and marketing ads in the fitness industry and think to yourself why people decide to do something to set themselves up for potential failure going into a New Year? Why do people have to wait till the end of the year to get in better shape or start living a healthier life? This has always boggled me.

Why do we wait to set New Year’s Resolutions… to break them?
Why do we wait to set New Year’s Resolutions… to break them?

It takes 21 days to break a habit, that’s it! And even SHORTER for breaking New Year’s Resolutions. So here are some things you can do to keep yourself accountable to starting a new workout or diet program and sticking to it – regardless of whether it’s in January…or in June!

Start writing your New Year’s Resolutions down!

Write down your goals on a piece of paper or in a journal. When you write down your goals (and I’m not talking about typing them into your phone or your laptop – I’m talking about actually writing your goals onto paper!) When you write down it makes you more accountable to your goals, both visually and behaviourally.

You are a product of your environment

Surround yourself with friends and people that support your goals and are health conscious minded. It’s very difficult to stay disciplined on your fitness goals when you have people around that are doing unhealthy things that could be tempting to you falling off your fitness goals. And this includes the closest people around you – especially your partners, your children and your parents.

Take progress photos…even if you don’t like what you see

Take progress photos once a month so you can see the improvements you’ve made. Celebrate the small wins even if you don’t like what you see. Do you think the Taj Mahal was built in a month? Even if you simply keep them for yourself (heaven forbid we keep anything private these days) – the step by step results will keep you visually stimulated to keep going and don’t lose sight of where you want to physically be.

Why do we make New Year’s Resolution Goals to then break them?

We are visual creatures meaning we are motivated when we visually see our results. So, the only way to see physical progress is to take photos once a month or even every 2 weeks or so.

Track your progress!

Track your workout, track your diet and healthy nutrition food that you are eating. And track your New Year’s Resolutions!

If you do all these things collectively it will help you consistently stick to your fitness and workout routine. The problem with New Year Resolution goals is not starting a workout or fitness program. It is not quitting the program and consistently making it a healthy lifestyle. Try to use this year’s New Year’s Resolution as an opportunity to never have to make a New Year’s resolution because you have made staying fit as a permanent healthy lifestyle.

Why do we wait to set New Year’s Resolutions… to break them?
Working out should be fun as well as rewarding

And don’t be afraid to share your New Year’s Resolutions…when you’re ready

Sharing your fitness goals and your progress photos on social media can be a positive thing because now you have people who are rooting and supporting you in your fitness journey. Also, sharing your progress and story can also motivate others who also want to lose weight or start a new workout or nutrition program.

The importance of consuming a daily multivitamin is really predicated on how balanced your diet is. And if your diet is needing a vitamin boost or helping you set a daily routine which will help you set some daily goals, we’d love to recommend our Ethical Multivitamin to you. Because even when you’re doing your best to meet your daily exercise requirements, it will make it easier to stay disciplined when you’re performing at your best. Our Multivitamin is a balanced daily supplement you can trust – letting you get back to your busy lifestyle with confidence.


Take Care,
Obi Obadike

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