Why Your New Year's Resolution Should Begin Now

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We’re all familiar with the idea of New Year’s resolutions. But, be honest. How well are the resolutions you made back in January going right now? 

If the answer is “not well” or “what resolutions?” you’re not alone. Sticking to new year’s resolutions is challenging!  One reason for this is that January is, overall, a terrible time to try to start a new routine.  

As Julie Frumin, Life Balance Expert at The Center for Health & Wellbeing explains, “trying to jump into a new routine right after the holiday season can be a recipe for disaster.”  

Think about it. In January, people are financially strapped, carrying a little extra weight from all those holiday parties, and dealing with cold, dreary weather that does not scream “go outside and exercise.” 

So, this year, consider starting a new tradition of forming New Year’s resolutions before the holiday season. 

3 Reasons to Start Your New Year’s Resolutions Now

Here are three reasons to make autumn the new season for New Year’s resolutions.  

1. Get ahead of bad holiday habits 

Getting a head start on health-related New Year’s resolutions can help you change your typical holiday eating and movement habits. For example, instead of overindulging by telling yourself that you’ll get “back to normal” in January, you can lean into healthier habits that prevent you from overeating in the first place. 

That doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of treats. Instead, forming a New Year’s resolution early can ensure that you are already moving more, drinking more water, and eating healthier foods by the holiday season. That way, your body can better handle a few extra treats without sending you into a downward spiral. 

2. Go for a gradual change 

If you want to tackle a major goal in the new year, such as train for a marathon, starting now can help you ease into a new routine. For example, you can start going for daily walks in November to get into a routine and improve your fitness levels, so you’re ready to start running in January.  This can help you stay the course and make it more likely that you’ll stick to your New Year’s resolution instead of abandoning it before February. 

3. Beat the rush 

Fitness centres and gyms tend to be packed the first few weeks of January. In contrast, they are slow in November and December. So, if you have a fitness-related goal, you will have your pick of equipment when you’re one of the few people working out at the end of the year.  

Get A Head Start on Your New Year’s Resolution at The Center for Health & Wellbeing at Four Seasons Westlake Village

No matter your goals for the new year now is a great time to start working toward them.  The Center for Health & Wellbeing at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village offers retreats, wellness stays, and wellbeing electives designed to help you learn how to incorporate healthy habits into your daily life.  Learn more about our programs and how they can help you work toward your New Year’s resolutions.