New Year’s Resolutions: Solid as ‘The Rock’

By Sara Butler

Dwayne 'The Tock' Johnson

It happened. 2018 is upon us whether we’re ready or not. Did you make any resolutions this year? I told myself I’d stop eating dairy. Then, on day two, I snuck a miniature chocolate bar from the hidden Halloween candy stash in the freezer. Judge me if you must, but I know I’m not alone. So many people make and break their New Year’s resolutions simply because there are numerous opportunities to do so!

The holidays can cause fatigue, sparking feelings of being ready to start over with a clean slate. Getting a healthy lifestyle back on track isn’t as easy as many people think it is. How can you make this year the year in which you keep your resolutions? Chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic happen to have a few suggestions.

Is Your Resolution Realistic?

Maybe you woke up on January 1 and went out and joined your local gym first thing in the morning. You feel like you can conquer the world, maybe even have a physique like The Rock before the year is out. Before you make that commitment to sick Rock-esque gains this year, you first need to stop and ask yourself if that’s even possible. After all, you look in the mirror and identify more with Eric “Butterbean” Esch than Dwayne Johnson.

You will be more successful wrestling with your resolutions to a healthier lifestyle if you make your goals something you can actually reach. No one can be The Rock but The Rock – the most you can hope for is to copy that intense smolder. But you can be a healthier and fitter version of you. Commit to a workout schedule you can actually stick to and make dietary changes that are easy to incorporate into your life. If you need some help with understanding healthy ways to change your lifestyle habits, you can count on your chiropractor to be your rock – not The Rock, but maybe a little better.

One Step at a Time

You probably need to slow your roll a bit when it comes to your resolutions. Sure, it might feel good to sit down and list all the things you’d like to do (or not do) this year, but truly reaching goals and making changes needs to happen one step at a time.

If you try to juggle a long list of resolutions, then it can quickly become overwhelming. Instead, choose one resolution to work on at a time. A great example is to work out a certain number of days per week. Once you get in the groove and meet that goal, then move on to something else – like cutting down on the amount of sugar you eat. Set yourself up for success by taking one resolution at a time and doing things in achievable incremental steps. It’ll help keep you motivated all year long!

Find a Buddy

You don’t think The Rock became The Rock all on his own, do you? No way! I bet he had help along the way. If you try to tackle your resolutions on your own, then you’ll be unlikely to reach Rock-like heights of success and may abandon your goals altogether.

To help you stay on track, enlist help. Let your chiropractor know about your goals and get a friend or a family member to prepare meals with you or work out. If you team up with someone, you’re more likely to get the results you want.

Go ahead and make all the resolutions you want, but have a plan of attack. Keep them simple and manageable and enlist the help of those around you. Once you see your success, you can encourage people around you to do the same.

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