New Year’s Day is really no different from any other day of the year. We are given the same 24 hours to do as much as we please; just like all the other days before. However, a certain air of refreshment, regrowth, renewal, and rebirth accompanies the social nature of the day. Societally, we look to New Year’s Day as a chance to improve some aspects of ourselves as we progress into the new year ahead. And one of the most common ways we resolve to improve ourselves is through physical fitness.
Maybe you’ll start CrossFit to gain endurance? Maybe you’ll try to do core every night to get those six-pack abs you always wanted? Or maybe you’ll try eating healthier meals to lose some holiday weight? And then again, maybe you won’t. Most people’s New Year’s resolutions are dead in the water well before March even rolls around. And while there are a multitude of reasons that people give up on their goals for the year, we’re going to limit it down to a few.
Writing It Down
Your best bet for getting anything done is writing it down. You think, “yeah, I want to eat healthier” but you forget to write up healthy recipes and fail to curate your grocery list for your new diet. Writing it down in a place where you can see it every day helps to reaffirm your new goal in your mind. Over time, you won’t even need the note because it’s already conditioned into your mind.
Knowing Where to Start
All roads lead to Rome. There are lots of ways that you can go about achieving your goals and still come out at the same conclusion. And no matter how many fitness blogs you read, how many lectures you get from friends, or how many gym membership pitches you endure, the decision is ultimately in your hands. You can achieve your New Year’s goals by your own means and judge them by your own standards. The most important thing is that you at least start.
Holding Yourself Accountable (with some assistance)
While some are able to stick with their goals and accomplish their goals with vehement force and headstrong persistence, others are not quite so diligent. And that’s okay! Some people can bowl a strike, and others like some bumpers at the bowling alley to make sure they don’t get off track. If you’re one of those who needs some “bumpers” in your own life, share your resolutions with your friends, family, coworkers, roommates, etc. When you have other people checking in on your progress, it can help to motivate you to stick with your resolutions.
Another way that you can help to stay motivated in the conquest of your goals is to share it with others on social media. If for example, you set a goal to get active more by running on the beach, maybe you should share a couple of beach pictures on your Instagram every now and then to showcase your dedication to your goals. Emphasis on the “now and then,” because seriously we don’t want to see a Snapchat from you every day with a 5:00AM timestamp letting us know that you hit the gym. But good for you! Seeing some positive feedback from your friends on social media can help give you that extra boost of motivation you need. However you do it, be consistent and find ways to hold yourself accountable.
Fun and Games
As with most things in life, it is important that you have fun when achieving your goals. Get your friends involved when you’re getting active. Call up your buds for a sunrise mountain hike. Go grab something healthy to eat with your friend who’s been nagging you to try the new healthy spot downtown. Maybe you could even go to try CrossFit with your coworker who somehow manages to mention CrossFit in every other sentence. Trying new things with your friends is a great way to build routines and accomplish your goals.
New Year’s Resolutions don’t always have to be punishment. If you look at something as a bummer all the time, why would ever want to keep doing it? Small rewards will help give you a little extra motivation every now and then too. You ate healthy all week, so yeah, go ahead and have that donut that’s been calling your name in the break room. You’re going to be hitting a Pilates class with Stephen in accounting after work anyway, so it’ll all even out. And maybe after Pilates class you could go grab a protein shake to reward yourself for your hard work. Don’t over-reward yourself for small accomplishments, but at the bare minimum, be kind to yourself and be proud of your progress. The best way to make progress is to accept your decisions wholeheartedly, because if you don't, you'll only create friction that seeps into your future endeavors.
How Can I Do All of This?!
We’ve got an app for that. Kick-it Points helps tick every one of these boxes and with the right execution, could help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions. Seeing your goals in front of you in writing can help you visualize them in real life. We’ve got plenty of Real World Social opportunities that you can browse through on our platform. Some of which consist of hiking local trails, catching rays at the beach, enjoying a stroll through the local farmers' market, grabbing a bite at your favorite local eateries, and much more.
The icing on the cake is that we partner with local businesses to help reward you for your prosocial and active behavior with great deals, coupons, or freebies that are often not available to those who aren’t using the Kick-it Points app. Thus, you can earn rewards for just getting out and being active with your friends. That said, whether you are trying to be more active, looking to engage with friends more, or wanting to enjoy more of what your community has to offer, we've got something for you.
Be sure to share your Kick-it Points experiences with us on Instagram (@kickitpoints), and we’ll promptly interact with you and encourage your progress towards your New Year’s Resolutions of being more Real World Social! Just tag us and let us know how it went! All in all, we hope you make most of the 24 hours in your day. We’re here to support you and we hope that you stick with your resolutions! Happy New Year’s to all.