Fitness, getting slim and having a healthy physic are among the first five resolutions every year. Fitness geeks around the world say that it is best to start today with healthy physic rather than postponing the resolution for some other day or occasion. People set goals only when they believe that something is unrealistic, pressure-filled and difficult to be achieved, says Gregory Chertok, a sports psychology consultant, the American College of Sports Medicine.
Study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology by the University of Scranton says, that only 8 percent of the 45 percent Americans who set New Year's resolutions succeed with them.
"The New Year's resolution is a kind of grand, glorified, long-term goal that people, for societal reasons, tend to begin on the first day of the calendar year," - Gregory Chertok. He suggests that best results can be achieved by setting goals that don't depend up on the calendar.
"If there is a fitness need, such as to increase strength or decrease body fat, I say, 'Let's make a plan now,'" said Dr. Michele Olson, professor of exercise science, Auburn University Montgomery. She also added that it is most essential to set a long-term plan with short-term goals. "This is why athletes stay in shape year-round. They have a program scheduled and planned over an entire year with variation, rest days, more-intense and less-intense workout periods," she said. "It's like one's job: there's very little vacation time."
Dr. Cedric X. Bryant, Chief Science Officer, the American Council on Exercise says: "People don't take time to celebrate the little successes. Because they're so focused on, say, an arbitrary weight goal, they don't notice that they are sleeping better or feeling less anxious."