The best way to tackle your New Year's resolutions isn't always to dive in full force. Racking up a few small successes before you tackle the big ones is the surprising trick that can make your New Year's resolutions last (or, okay, it's the one that can actually get you started on them in the first place). But how do you tally up those small successes? Simply do one of these easy moves every day this week.
New Year's Resolution Day #1: Don't Do Something!
Today, ignore your inner overachiever and don't take that big step toward your goal – like burning 300 extra calories at the gym. Instead, just don't do one thing that sabotages you. For example, don't grab a giant cookie from the tray at work just because they're free. When you aim too high and go for the crazy big goal, you're more likely to get frustrated and give up. Keep it simple today and get your success tally started.
New Year's Resolution Day #2: Schedule a Checkup
You know your gym will be twice as busy this month, but that's not the case for your doctor's office. Take a few minutes to target your overall health before you target your abs today. Pick up the phone—or log on to ZocDoc.com—and schedule everything from your yearly physical and gyno appointment to your teeth cleaning.
New Year's Resolution Day #3: Find Out How Fit You Really Are
It's impossible to know how to improve your fitness level if you don't know where you stand in the first place. Find out with an online fitness assessment (this one can tell you where your workout currently stands and how to ramp it up.) Or schedule a fitness evaluation at a local gym. They're usually free and don't require membership (but they'll probably try to get you to sign up, of course!).