Have you ever wandered the aisles of a department store with the vague goal of buying some clothes? When I do this, I usually end up meandering for a while before buying something I really don’t need. Or I walk out with nothing at all because I find the sheer volume of choices paralyzing when I try to shop without a specific goal in mind.
As we all know, Valentine’s Day is about love – showing love to your spouse, partner, boyfriend, girlfriend, parent, child, teacher, etc. But who says you can’t send yourself a Valentine?
We’d like to suggest that you can, by giving yourself some self-care this year. And what better way to do that than with a massage?
Discover the benefits of massage, and our specials for singles and couples.
Research shows that working out in a group is effective, motivating and fun. But, for people who are new to group exercise, it can also be a little intimidating. At Cornerstone Clubs, we are committed to helping you start out on the right foot. We know that if you feel confident from the second you step on the road, you’ll stay for the journey.
One way we demonstrate our commitment is by offering several introductory free fitness classes each month. These classes allow you an opportunity to try something new or different in a non-intimidating and educational way. Small class sizes guarantee personal attention that will prepare you to step right into a regularly scheduled class with confidence. These hour-long classes are available to you absolutely FREE (with the exception of Reformer Fundamentals, which costs $10).
It’s no secret that human beings are social creatures. We’re wired to enjoy doing things together: playing, collaborating on school and work projects, attending dances and social events, participating in sports, and celebrating occasions like weddings and birthdays.
And yet when it comes to exercise, we often try to go it alone. Sometimes it works, but more often it doesn’t. Research suggests that more than half us drop out of our fitness programs after six months.
Have you ever started a new diet, only to quit two weeks later? Or what about that time you jumped into that crazy intense 6 a.m. boot camp class, realized you were in way over your head, and never went back?
We’ve all been there. We have the best intentions, but sticking with these health and fitness goals can be a challenge.
Now think about the time you made a deal with your friend/spouse/sibling to walk together three times a week. That was much easier to stick to, wasn’t it? Having somebody with you, somebody to hold you accountable, somebody you don’t want to let down is a game changer.
It’s easy to make New Year’s resolutions.
The hard part is sticking to that pledge to eat better, give up smoking, get more exercise, watch less TV.
About 40 percent of Americans resolve to make fitness and health related changes in their lives, but only 8 percent achieve those goals.*
Why do so many people fail to stick to their resolutions, and what can we learn from the people who succeed? Read on to see how you can make 2021 the year where your resolutions last.
Keep it simple
Don’t try to change your entire life all at once. People who create a laundry list of resolutions are usually doomed to failure. Most of us live busy lives, with a lot of competing priorities and very little free time. Set a few practical and realistic goals, and you’ll set yourself up for success instead of failure.
Vague resolutions like “eating less” or “getting more exercise” are difficult to maintain because they aren’t measurable. Try setting specific goals like reducing your sugar intake by 25 percent or walking 30 minutes daily.
Put it on your schedule
We schedule a lot of things in our lives: doctor and dentist appointments, school meetings, conference calls, etc. By putting something on your daily calendar, you create a reminder to yourself about something important. If your health and fitness goals were important enough to you to make them resolutions, put them on your calendar. For example, you could pencil in a 30-minute walk during your weekly lunch hour or on Saturday mornings after breakfast.
Make yourself accountable
Specific goals are easy to measure. Track your progress on your calendar or in a daily diary. Another tactic? Share your goals with friends and family via Facebook or other social media. Making your resolutions public is often an effective way of holding yourself to them, while also getting some motivating social support.
Find a partner
Speaking of social support, one great way to help yourself (while also helping someone else) is to partner up. Finding a partner who shares your goals and is equally committed to achieving them is mutually beneficial. Not only are you accountable to each other, but you can motivate and support each other through the process.
Cut yourself the occasional break
None of us are perfect. Sometimes we slip up or life just gets in the way. As the one and only Vince Lombardi once said, “It isn’t whether you get knocked down, its whether you get back up.” Don’t allow temporary set-backs to knock you completely off your path and give you an excuse to give up. Simply recommit to your goals and take it one day at a time.
By being patient and practicing strategies that lead to success, you can stick to your resolutions this year, and in years to come.
And remember that you’re not alone. As we said above, you have friends and family who can help you meet your goals. You also have us. Cornerstone Clubs have spent the past two and a half decades meeting the needs of Bucks County residents looking to live healthier lives.
*University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology