Along with singing “Auld Lang Syne” at the start of the 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 National 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 Naperville YMCA, is encouraging community members to give their New Year’s resolutions a boost.

Start small, break those big resolutions into small, achievable goals.
Take it one step at a time, trying to change too many habits at once can easily lead to frustration. Instead of a New Year’s resolution, make a new month resolution.

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.

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

Talk it out, it’s easier to stick to your resolutions if you have a partner or friend working toward similar goals.

The New Year is a great time to make changes, but it’s important to remember that any change takes time, and the type of resolution you make plays is a huge factor in your success.

When it comes to adding healthy behaviors like increasing physical activity, it’s important to find a facility where you feel comfortable, but also keeps you motivated. The Naperville YMCA encourages you to take a tour to find the best fit for you. Your facility should not be just a gym, but an environment that offers more health, more hope and more opportunity.

For additional tips or to learn how to get involved with the Naperville YMCA, contact us at (630) 904-9595 or visit us at www.fryymca.org.