Every new year, people make resolutions to try to stick to in attempts to improve their lives. Some people manage to reach their goals while others last just a few days before giving up. If you’ve set yourself some health-related goals this year, you might already be struggling to stick to your plans. But you can guarantee that other people are trying to do the same as you and are experiencing the same doubts and lack of motivation. There are lots of ways you can motivate yourself to keep going and fulfill your New Year’s resolution. Have a look at some of the tips below to help you become healthier and fitter this year.

Have a Healthy Diet

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Many people decide that they’re going to eat more healthily when January comes around, especially when they ate so much at the end of the year. But then life gets in the way, and you find yourself slipping up and eating a dinner you made in the microwave or bought from a fast food restaurant. It’s not easy changing your diet, especially when it’s something that you want to change permanently. Two of the biggest hurdles to altering your diet are time and energy. Either you don’t have the time to prepare a healthy meal or you can’t summon the physical and mental energy at the end of the day. The key to overcoming these obstacles is to plan in advance. Plan your meals at the beginning of each week and do as much preparation of your meals in advance. Crock pots are excellent for ensuring that you have a hot meal ready for you when you get home from work.

Stop Smoking

One of the most popular health goals for the new year is giving up smoking. It’s certainly not an easy thing to do, but you can manage it you prepare yourself and find the right method. And, importantly, if you slip up you should get back on the horse, instead of giving in. You might have tried to quit before, and it didn’t work, but you could have been going about it the wrong way. Firstly you need to have substantial reasons for stopping, and you need to stop because you want to, not because of guilt from anyone else. It might take time to find something that works for you, but there are lots of options out there. You could quit cold turkey, use nicotine patches or gum or try using a personal vaporizer. Some people also find success using different therapies, self-help books or finding something healthier to replace their habit, such as exercise.

Exercise More

Nearly everyone promises to exercise more and get fitter, even if they’re already reasonably healthy. If you struggle to find the motivation to work out, there are lots of things you can do. You could try working out with a friend, setting yourself goals and creating a schedule and routine. If you’re struggling, try something weird, like giving money to your friends that they only have to give back if you go to the gym.