Revamped Resolutions: Small Steps = Big Gains!

Revamped Resolutions: Small Steps = Big Gains!

It’s the start of a new year. Hooray! This can come with much excitement and potential resolutions that have been made after a winter of indulgence. Did you know that, “Researchers suggest that only 9% of Americans that make resolutions complete them. In fact, research goes on to show that 23% of people quit their resolution by the end of the first week, and 43% quit by the end of January.”

This year, instead of going for the “big kahuna” resolution, such as losing 15 lbs. in 30 days or getting rid of all sugar in your diet, maybe consider micro-stepping your way to longer-lasting sustainable results. In the book Your Time to Thrive by Arianna Huffington, she talks about science supporting the need to “start small” to impact behavior change. Such discussions are also had in Atomic Habits by James Clear as well as behavior change researcher B.J. Fogg.

Here are some ideas from our Balanced Body Instructor and Educator team to get you started thinking about what tiny shifts you can realistically incorporate and stack in your life this new year to produce long-term gains.

Instead of: Do a full foam roller release workout.

Small-Step Solution: “Start the day by choosing one myofascial release exercise.” ~ Adriana Bires

Instead of: Do a 30-Day sugar detox!

Small-Step Solution: “Start each morning with a protein-filled breakfast with low glycemic fruit such as cottage cheese or Greek yogurt and blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries.” ~ Erika Quest

Instead of: Spend too much time on programming MY workouts.

Small-Step Solution: “Invest in other trainers to program for my personal weekly workouts. This way, it’s one less thing I need to think about, and I get the consistency and accountability message, knowing someone I trust has taken the time to prepare these for me!” ~ Bonnie Benesh

Instead of: No screen time in the bedroom.

Small-Step Solution: “I will set an alarm that 10 minutes after going to bed, my phone must be on do not disturb and face down. I will allow for one episode or show not more than an hour long before lights out.” ~ Portia Page

Instead of: Start each day by sitting at my desk.

Small-Step Solution: “Use a tennis ball in my upper back and scapula to release my neck and prepare for a more pain free day!” ~ Ivy Pan

Instead of: Drink my weight in water each day.

Small-Step Solution: “Start the day with a 16oz. glass of water and keep it filled and out on the counter or desk I work closest to.” ~ Erika Quest

Instead of: Get 10,000 steps in per day.

Small-Step Solution: “I will look at my current daily step count and increase it by 1,000 steps to slowly add more movement to my day.” ~ Ana Caban

Balanced Body thoroughly believes that movement can change people’s lives. We are the leading resource for Pilates and mindful movement equipment, information and education for fitness centers, studios, rehabilitation facilities and home enthusiasts.



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