With the arrival of the New Year of 2021 comes many New Year Resolutions for students. Many chose fitness goals or educational goals such as senior Cade Gudalis, “I am excited to reach new fitness goals this year and continue going to the gym as much as I have been last year.” Fitness is a very common resolution people seek out during the new year. The most common New Year Resolutions according to MSN include exercise more, eat healthier, spend more time with family and friends, lose weight, spend less time on social media, along with a few others. Some students chose resolutions a little different such as Matthew Donnelly, 12. His resolution would make most parents smile. He says, “I want to try and keep my room clean along with do my own laundry on time.” Although a tad different from normal resolutions this idea prepares one for a future in college by taking responsibility and doing things that need to be done.
While it is common to start the new year with goals and resolutions, many people struggle with keeping them longer than a few weeks. There are a few tips that can bring success to those resolutions. First, set a goal that is realistic. For example, if you want to gain muscle, do not tell yourself, “I want to gain 30 pounds of lean muscle.” Instead, set a more manageable goal of 10 pounds of muscle so it is easier to reach. Once you have done that, then you can set a new achievable goal for yourself. After you have set a realistic goal, it is important to set up a good plan to achieve it. For example, if you want to lose weight, find a personal trainer and someone to help you with your diet or even just find a friend that you know will keep you accountable and go to the gym with you. Finally, go out and DO your resolution. You will not achieve anything sitting at home on Twitter for 2 hours.