5 TRICKS TO HELP YOU STICK TO NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

5 TRICKS TO HELP YOU STICK TO NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

Data suggest that most of us have already stopped our New Year's resolutions... and it's only mid-January. Numbers from the fitness tracking app Strava indicate that the second Friday in January is the marker for when health and fitness goals begin to flounder.  

By the first week in February, 80 percent of people who make New Year's resolutions will be off track. 

If you're thinking of downright quitting your New Year's resolution, hold that thought. Shake off the fast-food relapse and try again. Here are 5 tricks that make it easier to stick to New Year resolutions. 

1 Order a case of kombucha, like, right now. 

bucha box

Achieving a new goal comes down to willpower. Saying 'no' to some things and 'yes' to others. Forming new habits and practicing willpower is strongly influenced by cravings. Of course, the moment we vow not to eat refined sugar and drink sodas is the moment we suddenly crave them.

If you have a resolution to cut back on sugar, lose weight, drink more water, or improve fitness, order a case of kombucha online right now.

(It gets heavy carrying a case from the store.)

Outsmart mindless cravings by reaching for a healthier alternative. We suggest kombucha because it's sparkling and refreshing, tastes enjoyable (unlike celery juice), and has an extra boost of functional properties in the form of probiotics. Probiotics boost immunity, improve mood, and can reduce sugar cravings.  

Deprivation can increase the likelihood of throwing in the towel on your healthy resolutions. Having a functional alternative to reach for doesn't make the sacrifice feel as excruciating. In fact, a kombucha like Bucha Live Kombucha that has no weird vinegar tang is often more enjoyable than a soft drink.   

2 Grab a new journal & a pen.  

journal

Or planner, or calendar, or legal pad. The point is having a place to scribble in a few thoughts and goal breakdowns.  

New Year's resolutions feel daunting because you have an entire year to go. If you worry about accomplishing a long-term commitment to a resolution, break it down into 12 mini-goals.

In your planner/notebook, write down a new healthy habit for each month.

This creates a hard start and stop with a more foreseeable end to each. This approach allows you to cover a slew of goals in one single year by focusing on one at a time. A month flies by! Once the month is done you'll feel less pressure to stick to the goal, which actually tricks your brain into wanting to do it more!  

For example, your goal is to lose 40 pounds. In February, eat more vegetables and fruit. In March, join your favorite fitness class or sign up for a boxing studio.  

Another way a journal can help us stick to New Year's resolutions is by using it as a mood recorder.

Carry the notebook with you and when you're struck with an intense craving, write. What are you doing? Where are you? Place? Time? People around you? A song playing? And finally, write how you feel in that intense moment. Write until the intensity subsides and at the end of the day or week, look over your journal. You'll be able to correlate certain places, events, or times that provoke cravings. 

From there, find ways to avoid those places and events (even people!) or come prepared with a solution (see Trick #1).  

Knowing our triggers by analyzing our moods is key to overcoming them. We are smarter than our bad habits. 

3 Plan something big for March.  

vacation

Have you been wanting to visit Italy? See your favorite band at a three-day music festival?

Book it.

Planning a big reward right away tricks the mind into believing it has already succeeded. This can remove self-doubt in our ability to accomplish our goals. Bet on yourself, assume you will succeed, and plan a big reward.  

Make your "something special" extravagant and exciting for you. After it's booked, you'll find that your mental energy and excitement distracts you from worrying about the resolution. Dwell less on what you're giving up and more on what you're gaining. of your successes and then celebrate them!  

At NewAge we have a saying: you don't win when you finish, you win when you start. 

4 Volunteer locally, even for a day.  

volunteer

We spend so much energy thinking of ourselves during the New Year.  It's natural because we're reevaluating habits and goals. However, sticking to a New Year's resolution becomes more difficult when we obsess over it.

Displace mental and physical energy away from yourself and volunteer a couple of hours a week or even one day.   

Giving our time to others can make us feel more in flow with the world. It may also shine light on our resolutions and strengthen our resolve. Volunteering can help change the filter on our world enabling us to see all the blessings we have.  

A study from Social Science and Medicine shows that volunteering contributes to happiness levels "by increasing empathic emotions, shifting aspirations," and promoting reevaluation of our personal situations. For older adults, volunteering can also reduce cognitive and physical decline. 

5 Start foam rolling.  

foam rolling

Foam rolling, also known as self-myofascial release, is an activity that promotes physical and mental flexibility. It requires only a foam roller, the floor, and you. For this activity, take 10-20 minutes and roll your muscles over the foam roller. By moving, breathing, and paying attention to the sensation of your muscles relaxing, you are practicing mindfulness.

When we are mindful, cravings diminish.  

For any resolution that involves working out more, biking to the office, or changing diet, foam rolling can save your body from becoming tense- which often contributes to your state of mind. 

We hold a lot of emotion in the body and foam rolling (or general stretching) releases release mental tension by making our muscles more pliable. 

Relax your body and your mind will follow.  

NewAge Beverages loves providing healthy alternatives that are good for the body and taste buds. Stock up on functional beverages to stay dedicated and driven this New Year.