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Reframing New Years resolutions may lead to more success Try the YMCA

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Along with singing “Auld Lang Syne” at the start of the New Year, making resolutions is a tradition for millions of Americans. However, while choosing a resolution can be easy, sticking to it can be impossible. A 2014 YMCA survey found that less than a quarter of respondents kept their resolutions. Many (71%) tried, but stated that they fell short of their goals, while 40% confessed that they gave up within the first few months, even weeks, of the New Year!

This year, the Duneland Family YMCA is encouraging community members to give their New Year’s resolutions a boost by creating smaller, more manageable goals that can lead to success of a larger one. “The idea of generally losing weight is too broad,” explains Ashley Hall, Healthy Living Director. “Reframe that big resolution into smaller, more manageable ones. Resolve to incorporate fruits and vegetables into at least two meals a day. If you’re eating out three times a week, make a goal to only eat out two times a week.”

Reframing your goals in a positive way can help you stick to them. For example, you may want to limit your screen time in 2018, but it can be more manageable if you replace it with something positive like volunteering or setting special time aside for family. “Try not to think about what you’re missing, but rather what you’re gaining. This can make a resolution feel more positive, and therefore more achievable,” says Hall.

It’s important to not let yourself get discouraged by setbacks. Even though you may experience some missteps throughout the day--or even the week--that doesn’t mean you have to give up. “Nobody got their bad habits over the course of a week, so you’re not going to change them in a week either,” explained Carla Patino-Davis, Member Services Director. “Change is a process, and bad days are part of that process.”

The Duneland Y recommends four tips that will help your 2018 New Year’s resolutions stick: 1. Start small by breaking your big resolutions into small, achievable goals. 2. Take it one step at a time, like adding one new resolution or change each month to avoid frustration and feeling overloaded. 3. Choose a facility that focuses on a holistic approach to health to help you engage in healthy behaviors and stay motivated. The facility should not be just a gym, but a community organization that offers more health, more hope and more opportunity. 4. Talk it out. It’s easier to stick to resolutions if you have a partner or friend working toward similar goals.

For additional tips or to learn how to get involved with the Duneland Family YMCA, stop by for a visit at 215 Roosevelt St. in Chesterton, call 219.926.4204 or visit

The Y is open seven days a week.

The Duneland Family YMCA has been serving the Duneland communities for more than 50 years, focusing on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.



Posted 12/26/2017




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