Here's how to make healthy New Year's resolutions stick.Did you know that only 8% of people actually accomplish their New Year’s resolution in any given year? That means that the overwhelming majority - 92% - don’t succeed in accomplishing their goal. Given that many resolutions involve becoming physically or mentally healthier, this is a big problem. In fact, 65% of all resolutions are about losing weight or getting in shape - which also happen to be the first resolutions to fail.

We want to help you accomplish your healthy resolutions in 2017 and beyond, and so we put together a few tips to help you become part of the 8%. If you’re looking to make healthy changes next year, here’s how you can do it:

  1. Make It Easy. When it comes to a New Year’s resolution, it’s sometimes tempting to make it very broad. However, simpler resolutions are often easier to keep. Saying, “I’m going to lose 50 pounds this year” is daunting - but “I’m going to eat two more servings of vegetables a day, and go to the gym twice a week” is more manageable. Plus, with more specific resolutions, you can more easily remind yourself to take action. For example, if you want to go walking every morning, you can set your walking shoes and clothes out the night before. Or, tie your resolution to something you already do. Every evening, after clearing away the dinner dishes, pack a healthy lunch for the next day. When you tie a specific resolution to something you’re already doing, it becomes much easier to stick to it!
  2. Plan for Bumps. It’s okay that you’re not perfect - nobody is. When it comes to keeping your New Year’s resolution, it’s okay if you slip up. Just make sure you don’t make it a habit! Make a plan for yourself about what you’ll do if you make a mistake. For example, you might say, “If I slip up and eat pizza at lunch instead of salad, I’ll have an extra-healthy dinner and skip dessert.” Creating a game plan can help you get back on course if you deviate from your resolution. Not sure how to create a healthy plan? Your doctor may be able to help - because they help patients just like you every day, they may have some ideas about what works and doesn’t work.
  3. Use Your Support System. One way to help you stick to your plan is to get help doing it! Find a friend or coworker who’s willing to join you for a walk at lunch, or get the whole family involved in Meatless Mondays. When you’re tackling a resolution, having somebody by your side can be tremendously motivating. Even if you decide to go it alone, you don’t truly have to do it by yourself. Talking with your doctor can not only help you stay accountable to accomplish your goals, but they may also have tips you can use to achieve your goal.

Ready to find a doctor who can help you be part of the 8% of people who keep their New Year’s resolution? Take a look at our convenient locations today, and book an appointment - we’re here to help!