Short term New Year's resolutions don't work

It's that time of year again, when we start making those popular New Year's resolutions.

To be honest, I'm not one who has ever put much thought into this concept. I feel that new year's resolutions are sometimes made as a fleeting thought and with no real focus.

Resolutions and goals for a healthier you should be made for the long term.

When you set a New Year's resolution, are you setting goals that are short lived and fizzle out at the end of a month.

I suggest looking at the big picture. Make changes that are for the long term and ones that focus on being healthy with particular attention to balance in your life.

Setting realistic, attainable goals are the best way to make sure you will not only make healthy changes in the short-term, but that you will make resolutions that will last a lifetime.

Set an appointment with yourself to exercise

This is not a new term in regards to fitting in exercise, but it is amazing to me how many people ignore this all too important first step.

If you take the position that you will "workout for thirty minutes if I have time" sort of mentality, you are never going to consistently get that workout in. You need to find four to six days per week and a specific time during those days that you know will work for you. If you work full-time, I suggest first thing in the morning.

If you don't work full-time, but stay home with your children, I also suggest hitting the gym first thing in the morning.

When I quit my job to stay at home, it became apparent to me that the organization and prioritization of my day was now solely up to me. Of course, when you have children, you do have to take into consideration their feeding and sleeping schedules.

Enlist the help of a friend or personal trainer

It's really fun to look forward to riding or running with my friends.

It's a great way to get through a workout, and it definitely makes the time go by quicker when you are talking with a friend.

Find a workout buddy that has the same time availability as you do and set up two or three days per week to meet for a joint workout. Workout buddies help you stay committed and can make your workouts more enjoyable.

Set realistic goals

I'm never going to be a professional triathlete, nor will I ever look like my good friend Jen.

If these were my original goals, I would have given up a long time ago. Keeping goals specific, realistic, and attainable will help keep you stay on course without setting yourself up for disappointment.

A good goal for incorporating exercise into your daily life would be, "I am going to exercise 30 minutes per day, Monday through Friday, at 9 a.m. each morning". This makes the goal measurable and specific, and will make it easier to stick to a goal when stated as such.

Another great way to stay on course, without the pure focus being to lose weight, is to put an event or race on your calendar.

Training for an event o keeps workouts lively and focused, and before you know it, you have met your weight loss goals.

In regards to weight loss, set goals that are realistic for you.

Adding balance and healthy living to a lifestyle

Life can be chaotic and balance can be difficult to attain, but healthy living is a reasonable, attainable goal for all of us.

Finding balance in your life and giving the necessary importance and value to how you live your life is so important.

Make this the year you make a life long commitment to making changes for the better and take those necessary steps to living the healthiest life imaginable- for you.

Missy Janzow owns Fit4U, a personalized training and nutrition service. You can reach her by email at janzowml@yahoo.com or online at www.fit4uvictoria.com