New Year’s resolutions can be a great way to inspire yourself to make a healthy change—but they can also be difficult to keep up, especially when they mean starting a whole new routine. One example is the popular resolution to start working out at a gym. Did you know that more than 80% of people who join a gym at New Year’s drop off by early February? It makes sense when you think about it. Some people have the room in their life to add a tough new workout routine and stick with it, but most of us don’t.
So should we give up making healthy resolutions? Of course not! But we might have more success if we take them little by little.
If you want to exercise more in 2020, we recommend the “small steps” approach. Pick one building where you would typically take the elevator, and use the stairs one day. Pick one location that you would normally drive to—nothing too far—and walk there just once. Make one small change like that and see how you feel. If it isn’t too bad, then do it again. Then find another small change. These small steps are easier to maintain and will have a better impact in the long term than one short burst of good diet and exercise.
Ultimately, you should do whatever works best for you, not for others. If you are ready for a difficult new workout routine, then do it. But remember you don’t have to do it all at once, you can reach your goals one small step at a time. Remember, the longest marathon is just a whole bunch of small steps—and you can manage those!