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Tips to keep your new year's resolutions this year

New Year's Resolutions are hard to keep and seem to be made to be broken. Well not anymore. Read on to find out how to stick to your resolutions.

Written by Hema Subramanian |Updated : May 22, 2014 5:01 PM IST

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For several people, like me, the end of one year and beginning of another is the time to review our lives and time for The Resolutions.
These "I will do this and that" points last for a few weeks or for days and fade back into the background. How many times have you wondered why these don't last?
Most of these resolutions are formed out of desperation and frustration or as a distraction from a routine that you follow. It's very rare that any resolution is formed out of passion or interest for that activity. You exercise because you've always heard that it's the right thing to do. But do YOU really want to be fit?

Let us look at a simple way of keeping our resolutions going with an example of exercising regularly.

  1. Make sure you really want your resolution to become a part of your life.
  2. Know the motive behind the resolution: Why do you want to exercise? Is it to lose weight? Get a toned body? Feel fit? Increase stamina? Decrease your cholesterol levels? Get rid of PCOD? Once you define your motivation, you can refine your resolution better.
  3. Magic of 21: Fix up a day to begin and exercise every day. It takes 21 days to make any behaviour into a habit.
  4. If you have a really bad track record of keeping your resolutions, ask your best buddies to help you. You might ask them to wake you up in the mornings or check back on you. Obviously, they will also have the authority to penalize you. Social networking sites might be of great help here. Letting the world know will help you keep going. Updating your experiences and progress online will be a good boost.
  5. Get/find company. Research shows that group work works well with most people to balance each other's slack state of mind. See if you can get any of your friends to exercise with you or find people who you meet on the go.
  6. Fix up the same time every day for the activity. That way, your brain gets wired with signals to be ready. Also, you can set your schedule around your resolution for a few days.
  7. Take baby steps. Divide a larger dream into small goals and each goal into even smaller tasks. Congratulate yourself for each achievement. Start with stretches and basic exercises for the first 2 weeks. Then increase your workouts by 10 minutes after every 2 weeks. By the end of the month you'd have achieved much more than you'd have thought.
  8. Find things you love in the activity, your heart will motivate you to continue doing it. It might be the music, the ambience or even people!! Just another reason to go back the next day.
    Again resolutions are things that are supposed to make your life better. So then, why wait for the New Year to start doing what you love? Start Today. Start Now.

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