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Why (and how) your resolutions should look different this year

Reflect on the main categories of your life

  1. Personal goals: Ask yourself, “How have I taken care of myself this year? What is one thing I can add to my routine that involves self-care?”
  2. Household goals: Choose one area of the house to clean out in January. 
  3. Relationship goals: How satisfied are you with your relationships right now? 
  4. Spiritual goals: What’s your spiritual practice like? How can you get in touch with this area of your life more?
  5. Work goals: How did you feel about your work-life balance, work performance and work relationships this year? 

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Exercise was not necessary until the mid-20th century
Exercise was not necessary until the mid-20th century

Most people didn't see exercise as necessary until the mid-20th century. Food scarcity meant people didn't overeat, and it didn't make sense to try to burn off the calories.

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The start of the exercise culture

The exercise culture in the U.S. only took off after World War II.

  • After a 1955 report showed that 57.9% of American kids failed one or more of six physical fitness tests - versus about 8 % of European kids - an executive order was issued to create the President's Council on Youth Fitness.
  • In 1960, President-Elect John F. Kennedy wrote that the increasing lack of physical fitness is a menace to society. This push for fitness led to an expansion of the President's Council on Youth Fitness.
Entrepreneurs played a key role in establishing the fitness industry

Some entrepreneurs and trainers played a vital role in the rising exercise culture.

  • Health clubs were popularized by the Vic Tanny Gyms chain.
  • Weight-lifting for women was popularized in the 1930s and 1940s by female-bodybuilder Abby "Pudgy" Stockton.
  • In 1974, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act paved the way for women to go out and sign up for exercise classes on their own.
  • In the '60s and '70s, exercise became a more accepted and celebrated pursuit.
  • The '80s and '90s saw the expansion of a conversation about diet and fitness.
SMART Resolutions
SMART Resolutions

Pick a goal that is meaningful and doable, making sure it's coming from inside you, not imposed by others.

Make specific, realistic plans for your New Year Goal using the time-tested SM...

Creating a Plan

Chances are you won't just wake up one day and suddenly change your life. To go where you want to go, you have to chart out a plan.

Quitting Bad Habits
If you want to quit a bad habit, start by identifying its 3 main parts: the cue, the routine, and the reward. After you check the cue and your routine that follows it, you can swap the routine with something good (or less bad) to do.

For example: If you feel the cue of smoking, replace the smoking with some other activity like having a cup of coffee.

New Year's resolutions
New Year's resolutions

We seem to set goals around New Year's to re-evaluate where we are in life.

Statistics tell us that the vast majority of people will fail at their New Year's resolutions, but

The best ways to set goals

A good method to achieve your goal is to break it down into bite-size pieces using SMART goals.

  • S - Specific. Create clear and achievable goals. Instead of wanting to write a book this year, aim for writing one chapter every month.
  • M - Measurable. Your progress should be measurable.
  • A - Achievable. Aim high, but within reason.
  • R - Relevant. You care about your goal rather than thinking you should care about the goal.
  • T - Time-bound. Create a timeline with specific dates and deadlines.
Resolutions: How to stay motivated
  • Create a support system of friends and people who will call you out when you're slacking.
  • Failure is part of the process. When you set a goal with the understanding that you will fail a lot, it will be easier to deal with those failures when they happen.
  • Stay positive but realistic. People often confuse optimism and positive thinking with achievement. Try not to lose sight of your actual goals.