How to keep up a New Year’s Resolution
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - We are three weeks into the new year. Some experts believe this is the “make or break” point in keeping those New Year’s Resolutions. Others say creating a new habit will take much longer.
Liz Hodge started working out before the new year started. So far, she says she’s lost 22 pounds.
“Consistency is the key over perfection every time,” said Hodge.
However, personal trainer and owner of CSS Wellness, Brian Leggett, says the 21st day of your New Year’s Resolution is critical.
“I don’t know if you’ve ever heard it takes 21 days to start a new habit,” Leggett said.
Leggett says in the first week of your new you, you’re excited. He says It’s that second and third week when life events can get you off track.
“That third weekend, which is the weekend that we’re going into, is by far the hardest because that’s when people are starting to fall off. That’s when things start to go astray, you know, ‘this isn’t what I thought it was going to be.’” said Leggett. “By February is when like, ‘I’m done, right?’”
Leggett believes before you resolve to do anything, find your why.
“Your purpose has to be big enough, right,” said Leggett. “you push yourself until your purpose starts to pull you.”
However, EKU professor of social psychology Dr. Jonathan Gore says three weeks is not long enough to start a new habit.
“Taking 21 days to form a habit is sort of a pop-psych thing. It just sounds nice. It actually takes much longer than that,” said Dr. Gore. “Two months is definitely what people suggest is how long it takes to build a habit.”
The percentage of people who don’t meet their resolution goals may alarm you.
“I think I’ve heard it’s probably 80%, maybe even higher than that, will not be successful,” said Dr. Gore.
Leggett feels whatever you do, just start and do your best.
“Allow yourself some grace. Perfection is the enemy of success,” Leggett said. “You’re not trying to be perfect; I’m just trying to win the day.”
Dr. Gore says a January resolution may simply be getting more sleep, and when Spring comes around, there’s more sunlight which gives you more energy to meet your goals. So a New Year’s Resolution may not necessarily start at the beginning of the year.
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