As we approach the turn of the year you might be thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. What do you want to change, how much do you want to change it, and how badly will you beat yourself up when you fail to change anything at all!?
We’re joking, sort of. But New Year’s Resolutions are notoriously difficult to stick to, for some very good reasons. For a start, it’s the middle of winter, and it’s tough to commit to difficult things during the coldest, most miserable months of the year.
Secondly, psychologists say that we tend to think about the result of our Resolutions and not the journey. We’d love to lose a stone or stop smoking, so we decide that that’s what we’ll do. But have we thought through what reaching those goals will entail, and are we seriously ready to commit to the hard work involved? It turns out that most of us haven’t, and aren’t.
Some of us also tend to make a shopping list of Resolutions. We want to run a marathon, give up alcohol and pass an exam, all by July! Psychologically, we find it difficult to focus on lots of different things, so instead we focus on none.
New year's Resolutions
Take all this together and it’s easy to see why only one in ten of those who make a Resolution achieve their goal. But that doesn’t mean you can’t succeed. You just have to use this scientific insight to tip the odds in your favour. Here’s how:
Make one Resolution, not two, four or 63
Focus on improving one area of your life, and when you achieve that goal you can focus on another.
Make a plan
Don’t just think about how great it will be when you have lost a stone or cut out alcohol on five days every week. Think about how you will make it a reality, dividing the effort into weekly actions and targets. You can even set sub goals (losing 2lb, say) which will feel like an achievement to reach. If you’re giving something up (smoking, alcohol, chocolate) save the money you would have spent and treat yourself to a small reward when you reach each new goal.
Tell friends and family about your goal
It’s harder to give something up when you’ve announced it publicly, and if your Resolution is exercise-related you may find a willing work-out partner. If you’re giving something up, you may find that people are supportive, offering encouragement and advice.
If you can’t see yourself exercising outside during the cold, dark months of winter, don’t make road running or cycling your New Year’s Resolution. The fact is, you’re more likely to stick to a fitness Resolution if you enjoy it. If you want to lose weight or get fitter, why not try a Jump Nation fitness class. We call our classes Fit Nation because Trampolining is a brilliant way to get fit (it’s at least as effective as jogging, if not more so) and loads of fun. It’s indoors too! Classes include Jump & Burn, Jump & Blast and Jumpilates, all of which can be enjoyed by beginner and experienced jumper alike.
You'll also find a fantastic range of trampoline park features such as Dunk Nation where you can dunk like the pros on our super springy trampolines or Bubble Jump for those brave enough to take the challenge. Check out our trampoline park locations page to find a Jump Nation near you.