4 Reasons to Set New Year’s Resolutions NOW!

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Tis (almost!) the season … for New Year’s Resolutions!

Love them? You’ve probably already got your resolutions mapped out. Yay!

Hate them? You’re probably ready to browse to something else … but STOP! You should start thinking about a New Year’s Resolution NOW … here are 4 reasons why:

1. What do you want?
Plenty of people decide on a resolution on December 31st – only to realize by January 2nd, that it’s not a priority to them.  Think about what you want to accomplish in the upcoming year – is it getting a new job? Or sticking to a healthy routine?

When you have an idea of a goal, think about “why?”  Why do you want a new job? Why do you want to be healthier? You’re more likely to stick to a goal you put thought into instead of just choosing some idea of what you want last minute.

2. Plan ahead
How will you achieve your goals? Take some time to create a game plan. Is your 2014 New Year’s resolution to run a half marathon or a marathon? If so, lots of races have already opened up registration, including the 2014 NYC Marathon. If your goal is to start working out but you have no workout clothes, plan for those post-holiday sales when prices are slashed.

When coming up with your plan, envision how you’ll feel and what you’ll do when you achieve those goals. Yes, those small things matter. Will you treat yourself to a trip when you reach your goal? How will you feel when you can wear your skinny jeans again?

3. Get a head start
If you have a strong idea of what you’d like to accomplish, get a head start on it! Why? Wait until January 1st and you might be setting yourself up for failure. Don’t put off what you can do today, for another 3 weeks. Small moves such as hitting the gym between all the holiday parties, will give you more motivation to take on a new fitness challenge on January 1st.

4. There’s still time!
You still have time to accomplish your 2013 resolution; some goals may be more feasible in 3 weeks than others.  Take this time to celebrate what you did accomplish this year.  If your goal was to lose 10 lbs. but you only dropped 5 lbs that is still worth celebrating. If you did accomplish your 2013 resolution, how did it make you feel? Use that feeling to guide you in your new challenge.

Whatever your goal is, think about where you want to be a year from now. What steps will you take to accomplish your goals? With planning and dedication, you can achieve your New Year’s resolution.

This was written by Classtivity blogger Jane Rosales. She recently completed her first marathon, and loves taking classes at boutique fitness studios in NYC. Read her blog here and follow her on twitter at @JanePRosales.

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