Make Your Resolution Stick
People making New Years Resolutions fall into three categories:
1. Not interested in making changes.
2. Contemplating making changes
3. Let’s do this!! I’m ready to make a change.
From the people that were ready to commit to making a change for the New Year, 71% remained successful after week 1 and 2 of the New Year and 46% remained successful after 6 months. Based on this study, this means that the group of people that committed to make a change at the turn of the year were 10 times more successful that the people that may have put it off for another time.
With every new year comes new resolutions of losing weight and getting on that long put off new diet. Then comes the hard core weight lifting, running, HIIT (etc.) until you drop. While all of the previously mentioned workouts are absolutely great for losing weight, did you ever notice if you were stressing out about actually getting these workouts in? Stressing out about eating the right foods, about not knowing what the right foods? Just stressing out about stressing out?!
This is where yoga comes in. Think of it almost like a domino effect. According to the researchers of National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Yoga reduces chronic and acute anxiety and increases brain cells in the regions that regulates stress, increase focus and promotes self-awareness. High cortisol (the stress hormone) levels are the known culprit for weight gain especially in the lower abdomen. So what does all that translate to? Yoga decreases symptoms of depression and stress which helps you to lose weight and keep it off. It increases your happy hormones and studies show that the happier you are, the more active you are. The more active you are the more you tend to make fewer poor choices in your eating habits. Being physically aware of your body naturally improves your posture which brings more strength in your core; the center of your strength.
See how it all connects? Now that your body is active and you are happy, and you will start to notice the changing of your sleep patterns. We have all had those nights when your mind just won’t turn off and you toss and turn throughout the night. With the practice of Yoga, your mind, body and breath will be put at ease and you can sleep through the night.
Begin your New Year and yoga practice with an open heart and mind. Feel your mind expand. See your body change, grow stronger and find resolve one breathe at a time.
Learn from the past, point to a new you and say, “That’s where I want to be.”