3 Tips to Make Your New Year’s Health Goals Stick

Corks pop, the ball drops, and merriment abounds as we ring in the new year. The stroke of midnight, however, signifies more than the entry into a new year. It’s a chance to reassess your health and fitness priorities to create a new, better you in the upcoming year. According to self-help gurus like Gretchen Rubin, 24 percent of Americans fail at their annual resolutions. Though such stats are grim, we have faith that you—and we—can secure a much higher success rate. Here are three steps to help you attend to your body, mind and soul.

1. Track every step

Invest in fitness tracker apps and technology like the Fitbit, a high-tech pedometer that records both daily and nighttime activities. Even when it’s soggy outside, health and fitness trackers can help coach you through almost any excuse so you can hike happily in the rain. Make a concerted effort to exercise more consistently amid the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with sports such as running, cycling and skiing. You can also add more steps to your daily routine by choosing the stairs over the elevator or running errands by foot instead of by car.

2. Plan before you shop

Jump-start a new and improved eating regimen with the use of Pinterest or other recipe sites. Before mindlessly hitting the market, look up healthy recipes online for everything from Crock-Pot creations to juicing gems.

3. Enlist a support team

One of the best ways to stick to a resolution is to make yourself accountable to a buddy. Take a moment to map out realistic goals that can be accomplished in bite-size portions. Be specific, and break it down by week or by day. Then share the list with a family member or friend who you can count on to enthusiastically root you on. Better yet, join forces and tackle goals together. Try Meetup to find your crew.

Through it all, remember that slip-ups do happen, but every day is a chance to get back on track. Happy new year!

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Corinne Whiting

Corinne Whiting originally hails from the East Coast of Washington and, in 2011, made the leap to Seattle, where she now pursues her two passions—writing and traveling. She's studied in France and Scotland, backpacked solo around Australia, taught English in Argentina and explored countries from Cambodia and Egypt to Turkey and China. She enjoys staying active and fit while exploring the trails and waterways of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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