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At the Greenpoint Y New Year’s Resolutions Matter

The Greenpoint YMCA Offers Ten Tips to Help You Achieve Your 2014 Goals

Lose fifteen pounds. Break that bad habit. Enroll in an adult education class. Adopt better savings habits. We all know that New Year’s resolutions are easy to make on December 31st, and harder to keep in the cold light of January 1st. Fortunately, as it has been for more than 160 years, the YMCA of Greater New York is a place where New Yorkers come day-in, day-out to discover their best selves and realize their goals. As Greenpoint and Williamsburg residents ready themselves for the big night of promises made, the Greenpoint Y is happy to offer these ten practical tips to help people achieve their personal goals in 2014:

1. Repeat, repeat, repeat: Redrafting your resolution and displaying it at home, in the workplace, in your gym locker, in a card in your wallet, etc., is a great way to remind yourself of the commitment you’ve made to yourself!

2. Don’t keep it to yourself: Announce your commitment to friends, family, and colleagues. Similar to having a workout buddy, nothing motivates would-be resolution keepers quite like working together with a friend, family member, or loved one. “Publicly declaring one’s resolution, holding yourself accountable and building a network of support is a great way to reach one’s goals,” says Lori Rose Benson, YMCA of Greater New York VP of Healthy Lifestyles.

3. Use social media: Update your friends and family about your progress using social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. “Social media is making it easier and more fun than ever before to track one’s progress and engage others,” explains Benson.

4. Divide and conquer: “Resolutions that involve major lifestyle changes can sometimes seem daunting,” explains Benson. “Make those commitments less intimidating by ‘chunking’ them and dividing them up into smaller, more manageable, or incremental short-term goals.”

5. See your doctor: Before making any health-related resolutions, be sure to discuss your lifestyle and wellness goals with your doctor. “Some people make well-intentioned but unrealistic and even ill-informed resolutions concerning their weight, workout routines, and general health,” says Benson. “A yearly physical with your primary care physician is a great opportunity to discuss your health and wellness goals for the year ahead.”

6. Mark your calendars: Treat your resolution as a year-long campaign by mapping out milestones on your calendar and setting achievable monthly goals. (e.g., “No Television Tuesdays,” “Spending Freeze February,” etc.)

7. Purchase a pedometer: Medical research has demonstrated that people who wear pedometers to measure their activity end up moving more each day—nearly a full extra mile! If your resolution involves fitness or weight loss, consider making this small but important investment.

8. Make it a Teaching Moment: New Year’s is a fantastic opportunity for parents and guardians to teach their children about the importance of setting and keeping realistic goals—and achieving them with hard work, dedication and support. “If others are depending on you and your resolution is made as part of a deeper understanding of broader aims and expectations,” suggests Benson, “you’re much more likely to accomplish your goal before the calendar year is out.”

9. Keep a resolution diary: “Recording one’s daily progress is one of the most effective ways of adhering to one’s resolution,” says Benson. “It also makes for inspirational reading after you’ve achieved your goal!”

10. Join the YMCA of Greater New York! : There’s one place in New York City where every activity reinforces one’s commitment to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

When it comes to making and keeping New Year’s resolutions, the Greenpoint Y believes there is strength in numbers. Starting December 26th, the Greenpoint Y will be waiving the joiner’s fee to make the Y even more affordable for Greenpoint and Williamsburg families! Learn more at ymcanyc.org/greenpoint.

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