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 7 Tips To Make New Year’s Resolutions Stick

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With each new year we reflect on the prior year. We vow to fix the wrongs, and make the new year better than ever. To succeed at sticking to your resolutions, make them easy to follow. Below are some tips using exercise as an example (it’s also a very common resolution that tends to fail). These 7 steps can apply to many other New Year’s resolutions as well.


  1. Start strong! Not only mentally, but physically. I often see patients who just jumped into a new workout routine with hopes that it will stop their back or body from hurting. Unfortunately, most of the time the pain increases. When the pain goes up, adherence to a new exercise plan goes down. Address this problem with an expert like a chiropractor, acupuncturist or physical therapist.
  2. Make your goal easy. Vowing to work out 5 days a week will get you to your fitness goals fast, but how long are you going to stick with it? Instead, start off with working out 1-2 times a week and shoot for 3 if you can.
  3. Cut yourself some slack. When (not if) we veer off track, admit that you lost track of your goal and get back to it. It does you no good to dwell on your past mistakes, learn from them quickly and move on.
  4. Stick to the plan. Don’t try to make up for setbacks by doing more than you initially planned. By doing this, you will tire out quickly and lose track of your goal – leading to another set back.
  5. Improve on your plan. As you become comfortable with your limited plan, add in a little more. Maybe start by adding more time to your work out, or adding another work out session. Don’t make the mistake of adding in too much or your new goals become burdensome again, leading to a potential setback.
  6. Buddy up. Get a work out partner or running buddy. You can help motivate each other and keep one another accountable.
  7. Set a routine. Pick the same day and time each week to go work out/exercise. Tell yourself that you will go every Tuesday and Thursday after work for 45 minutes.


Seems easy, right? The easier you make it the more likely you are to succeed – good luck!


Many New Year’s resolutions involve improving health – if you feel like your pain and discomfort are holding you back, or you are just plain sick of hurting, give us a call at 503-488-5485 to do either a free phone call or in-office health assessment. We will discuss your problems and see if chiropractic care from Dr. McBride is right for you..