As we settle into the routines of the new year, it's time to take stock of your 2020 health goals. Loads of us make resolutions at the turn of the year—usually fitness related—and being a honest, motivated bunch, we think we can make this one stick.
Often though, despite the best of intentions, we don't manage it. I'm sure you've heard the statistics: Only 8% of resolutions succeed and most people fail within the confines of January. James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, suggests making an agreement with yourself called an implementation intention. This goes along the lines of:
I will [behavior] at [time] in [location].
You can even calendar this in to make sure you've blocked the time out. I find that this strategy works really well if you don't necessarily schedule a time but use a touchstone in your day that is always there, like brushing your teeth or making coffee. Then you don't have the excuse of time getting away from you, keeping you flexible with your timings but on track to achieving your habit goals.
BJ Fogg, the Stanford professor who created the Tiny Habits method, advocates making your behavior change as small as possible so it's easy for you to do and avoids the inertia we experience around starting. Just do one pushup or one stretch, then start increasing your implementation.
Here, to aid those of you that need a little boost, are a few solutions that are easily applied, won't take much time and don't require much gear. It's time to make 2020 a year where you make your healthy habits consistent.