New Year’s Day and the whole month of January is a time for making resolutions. For some it’s a time to think about eating healthier, exercising more, or getting on and sticking to a budget. A great way to get started on all three of those resolutions is pledging to go meatless on Mondays! But why Mondays?
According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 120 million Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but unfortunately only 8% of resolution-makers are able to keep them. Making Monday your day for habit change could be the key to sticking to your resolutions this year!
Once a week means less stress
By committing to a resolution you have to keep just one day a week, you take the pressure off. Give yourself a reasonable goal, like eating differently or moving more once a week, and you’ve set a small and achievable goal for the whole year.
Mondays set you up for success
It turns out that starting a healthy change on a Monday automatically sets you up for success for the rest of the week. A recent study by FGI Research found that most respondents felt Monday was the best day to begin a new exercise routine, start eating healthier, or engage in other activities that reduce stress. Research also shows that when you make a healthy choice on Monday, you’re much more likely to make healthier choices all week long.
Start fresh every week instead of once a year
In that same FGI study nearly one out of three of respondents saw Monday as a fresh start. If you’ve kept your resolution, then Monday is an ideal time to recommit. And if you’ve slipped and let your resolutions slide? Monday makes an excellent opportunity to get back on track.
Dr. Larry Cheskin, director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, credits a recurring Monday check-in as a key element in the success of his weight-loss program. “Using Monday as the day to set goals, celebrate progress, and get back on track after a weekend slip up can help people stay on track for the long haul.” Whatever your New Year’s resolution is for 2016, committing to making a change on Mondays could lead to 52 happy new weeks!
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