At the start of a new year, making resolutions is a tradition for millions of Americans. However, while choosing a resolution can be easy, sticking to them is hard. A YMCA survey found that less than a quarter of respondents kept their resolutions. Many (71 percent) tried, but stated that they fell short of their goals, while 40 percent confessed that gave up within the first few months, even weeks, of the New Year!
While there is no “right way” to keep a resolution, the YMCA of Greater San Antonio is encouraging community members to give their New Year’s resolutions a boost with the following tips. And, for additional encouragement, along with a boost in your wallet, the Y is waiving their joining fee (a $65 savings) now through January 31.
- Start small. Break those big resolutions into small, achievable goals. “Getting healthy” is too broad. Instead of cutting chocolate out of your diet for good, vow to only has it a few times a week. Or, trade your two sodas a day for one soda and a glass of water.
- Take it one step at a time. Trying to change too many habits at once can lead to frustration. Instead of a New Year’s resolution, make a new month resolution. Focus on one change for the month and then add another (small) change the following month.
- Keep the faith. Don’t get discouraged by setbacks. Even though you may experience some missteps throughout the day—or even the week—that doesn’t mean you have to give up. Bad habits aren’t created in a week, so, try as you might, you can’t change them in a week either.
- It’s all about attitude. It’s important to think about what you’re gaining from a resolution rather than what you’re missing. This can make a resolution feel more positive, and therefore more achievable. For example, you may want to limit your screen time in 2019, but that can be more manageable if you replace it with something positive such as volunteering or setting special time aside for family.
- Talk it out. It’s easier to stick to your resolutions if you have a partner or friend working toward similar goals. Team up with someone to set your 2019 goals and set specific check-ins to help each other out of slumps and to cheer each other on.
“Changing behaviors is a tough task even for the most dedicated and motivated people,” said Veronica Wong-Rizo, Senior Vice President of Operations, YMCA of Greater San Antonio. “The New Year is a great time to make changes, but it’s important to remember that any change takes time.”
As a leading community service organization, the Y understands how making manageable changes and getting involved in the community can change someone’s life for the better.
“While we’d love everyone to join the Y when it comes to adding healthy behaviors like increasing physical activity, it’s important to find a facility where you feel comfortable, but that also keeps you motivated,” added Wong-Rizo
At the Y, you’ll find more than a gym. The Y offers six different membership types and each membership includes access to Y’s across the world, free wellness consultations, free group exercise classes, child care while you work out, free family events and more.
Additionally, the Y provides programs and services to the entire community—regardless of an inability to pay. Financial assistance is awarded based on need and availability of funds.
For additional tips or to learn how to get involved with the YMCA of Greater San Antonio, visit ymcasatx.org or stop by any of their 11 branches.