If you're like most people, you probably stayed up on New Year's Eve and watched the ball drop. I used to love to watch Dick Clark entertain us with some of my favorite rock bands as anticipation grew approaching the 60-second countdown of the Waterford Crystal Ball dropping in Times Square. This year I watched Ryan Seacrest and listened to music from artists I'd never heard of (am I really that old?). The anticipation was still the same—new beginnings, new dreams and hope for a better year. After the ball dropped, Ryan began to interview the other folks on stage with him about their New Year's resolutions. Some of them had definite resolutions for the New Year, while others had vague wishes of what they hoped might happen in 2016.
I think everyone knows what the most popular New Year's resolutions are. Here's a short list—lose weight, exercise more, eat better, drink less, quit smoking and get out of debt. About 62% of Americans make resolutions each year to change something. According to statisticbrain.com, only 8% of the people who make resolutions are successful at keeping them. A 2007 study by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol, involving 3,000 people, showed that 88% of those who set New Year's resolutions failed, despite the fact that 52% of the study's participants were confident of success at the beginning.
Those statistics can be discouraging to the person who is wanting to make a change in the New Year. However, some other statistics from the study by Wiseman can shed some light on how to successfully make changes to our lives.
- The most common reason for participants failing their New Year's resolution was setting unrealistic goals (35%).
- The second most common reason was not keeping track of their progress (33%).
- Men achieved their goals 22% more often when they engaged in a goal-setting system where measurable goals were being set, such as a pound a week, instead of just saying they wanted to "lose weight".
- Women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public and got support from their friends.
If you're reading this, you're probably interested in making some changes or achieving some goals in 2016. So here are some tips to help you achieve some of the things you really want to accomplish this year.
1. Put Your Goals In Writing
As good as this sounds, almost no one does it. Writing your goals on paper makes them real. Once you have your goals written down, don't just put them in your desk drawer—put them in a place where they can be seen daily. Read them daily and commit to them daily. With very few exceptions, winners have written goals. If you want to win at changing your life, losing weight or just having more energy, write your goals on paper and read them every day.
2. Make Your Goals Specific
Saying you want to be healthier is not a specific goal. Saying you want to get your blood pressure below 120/80 is a specific goal that will make you healthier. The more specific the goal is, the easier it will be to reach.
3. Make Your Goals Realistic
Trying to lose 30 pounds before your daughter's wedding in 8 weeks is unrealistic (I don't care what you've seen on reality TV). Losing 15 pounds in 8 weeks is realistic (1 to 2 pounds a week is a healthy rate of weight loss).
4. Make Your Goals Measurable
Saying you want to eat better is not a measurable goal. Saying you want to eat 4 servings of vegetables everyday is measurable—you can count it and record it.
5. Share Your Goals With Others
Tell your friends and family about your goals. Post your goals on Facebook. Put them on your fridge for everyone to see. Doing so will recruit a support group of friends and family who will want to see you succeed. Want an anonymous support group? There's an app for that. Check out stickk.com, which is an online goal tracker designed to help you create a commitment and track your goals. You can even set yourself up to pay a fine to a charity if you don't reach your goal.
Twenty Sixteen is just getting started. You still have plenty of time to set goals for this year, or even this quarter. There's no better time than right now to set goals to have the life you want. If you've already broken your New Year's resolution, don't worry, so has everyone else.
Now let's set some goals and make things happen!
2015 has been a tremendous year for Exercise Inc. If you're reading this, then you're a part of our family, and in one way or another you helped make this a special year for us. Thank you!
This year our clients and friends helped us raise money for charities in the communities that have treated us so well. In the past three years, we raised $17,000 for local organizations that help children and families in need. This year we raised more money than we ever have before.
We raised over $7,000 for local charities!
As part of our fundraising, we awarded 12 free sessions to one client at each gym. Here are the winners of three months of personal training.
Avon - Tom Booher
Brownsburg - Marilea Palmer
Greenwood - Beth King
Zionsville - Greg Polak
Thank you again for helping make our 2015 Charity Campaign a HUGE success!
Here's to an even better 2016 for you and your loved ones.
We've raised over $2,500 so far!
Don't miss your chance to help needy people in your community during Christmas, and get a chance to win 3 months of personal training. In the past three years, we’ve raised over $17,500 to donate to local organizations that help needy families during the holiday season. This year our goal is to raise $7,000 by December 23! So far we have raised over $2,500. With one week left to give, I'm confident that we can come together and finish strong to meet that goal!
To help give back, Exercise Inc is giving away 48 personal training sessions.
We are giving away one 3-month package at each location!
On December 23, we will draw to give away a 3-month training package to 4 lucky winners. You don't have to be a client to enter. We want to raise as much money as possible for 4 local charities.
- Suzie’s Place in Avon
- Habit of the Heart in Brownsburg
- The Refuge in Greenwood
- The Lebanon Welfare League in Zionsville
All of these organizations do a great job helping folks in need, especially at Christmas time, so our goal is to raise more than $7,000 by December 23 to help them.
There are 2 ways you can help us raise money, and each will earn you a chance to win 3 months of training:
- For every $20 donation you make to one of these organizations through Exercise Inc, your name will be entered into a drawing to win 3 months of personal training.
- You can also give by purchasing a gift certificate for a friend or loved one. For every $90 gift certificate you purchase for a friend or family member who is not a client, we will donate $20 to the charitable organization in your community, and enter your name in the drawing to win 3 months of personal training.
You will also earn yourself a free session if the person you purchased the gift certificate for becomes a client.
So let’s do this! Help us raise money to give back to others this holiday season.
Only one week left to enter!
Also, you can call in and make a donation over the phone.
Pat Sullivan and Dick Crum from WIBC will be broadcasting the Home and Garden Show live.
Mike and Barb Kindler
Exercise Inc's Clients of the Month
Mike and Barb Kindler are a busy married couple. They have never been able to keep a consistent exercise routine going. When they heard about our once a week program, they decided to give it a try.
Mike had a goal of losing 20 pounds, and Barb had a goal of losing 30 pounds. Between the two, they have lost 65 pounds in seven, only seven, months.
Check out this video to hear how Exercise Inc helped them change their lives in only 20 minutes a week.
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