According to Forbes.com and several other sources, it seems that a scant 8% of people who make New Year’s Resolutions actually keep them. Many New Year’s resolutions are centered around personal fitness, weight loss, and overall improvements to health and wellness, and so here at We Sell Mats we always get a lot of inquiries this time of year related to setting up a home gym. Not only do we want to help you set up your home gym, we want to see you achieve your goals! With that in mind, here’s what current research seems to be saying about how to keep your resolutions.
Successful Resolutions Are Simple
As much as we’d all like to overhaul our lives and knock out half of our bucket list in 2014, it turns out we’re much more likely to complete smaller, more limited goals. For an extreme example, don’t set yourself the goal of visiting all 50 states in one year—content yourself with visiting one or two new locations this year. You’re far more likely to be able to do it, and the added success of fulfilling your resolution will make the trips that much more memorable.
Successful Resolutions are Specific
How many times have you heard (or said yourself) “I really need to lose some weight.” It’s certainly the case with weight loss and with resolutions in general that you’re much more likely to succeed when you set a specific goal and make a plan to achieve it. So don’t tell yourself you need to lose “some” weight. Many weight loss programs suggest that your first goal should be to lose around 5% of your current weight. 5% is obviously going to mean a different number of pounds for each person, but it’s a specific, attainable, and worthwhile goal to pursue. If your goal is not specific, there’s no real way to measure progress or success.
Successful Resolutions are (often) Private
This one tends to vary a lot from person to person, but certain research seems to indicate that if you share your resolutions publicly, telling all your family and friends what you plan to accomplish, you may actually be less likely to succeed. There’s something about the act of sharing your resolution publicly that makes your brain feel like you’ve already achieved your goal. Now as we said this definitely varies from person to person; there are those of you who need the accountability that comes with having other people aware of your goals, it keeps you honest. So take a moment and consider whether having other people in on your resolution will motivate you… or not.
Successful Resolutions Always Require EVA Foam Mats
Ha! Obviously we’re kidding here, but we do know that many New Year’s resolutions have to do with improving personal fitness, which often involves setting up a home gym. If you’re looking to create a better workout space in your home or office as part of your New Year’s resolution, we’ve got all the mats you’ll need to design a safer and more effective floor for your exercises. Check out some of our top mats here, and we wish all of you good luck with your resolutions!
Take advantage of the lowest prices ever available on our Wood Grain foam, and happy holidays!
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