Top 6 New Year's Resolution Mistakes

Learn how to avoid the most common New Year’s resolution mistakes and ensure that your fitness and fat loss goals are successful!

Ben Greenfield
3-minute read
Episode #72

As you’ve probably guessed, you simply can’t listen to the Get-Fit Guy this close to New Year’s without getting a few Quick and Dirty Tips about resolutions. In this episode, you’ll learn how to avoid the 6 most common New Year’s resolution mistakes and ensure that your fitness and fat loss goals are successful!

Mistake #1: Not Quantifying

Vague goals are difficult to achieve. Examples of vague fitness goals include “run more,” “lose weight,” or “get stronger.” Any of these could be made more specific (and more achievable) by quantifying them. For example, “run a total of 60 minutes each week,” “lose 1 pound every 2 weeks until I’ve lost 20 pounds,” and “bench press 5 extra pounds each week until I can bench press my own body weight” are all quantifiable goals in which you can track your progress. You’ll notice that those last two examples actually have an end goal in mind, which leads to my next point…

Mistake #2: Not Setting Dates or Benchmarks

If there is no start date, end date, or end goal (benchmark) for your resolution, it can be very hard to get started and very hard to complete. After all, imagine if you had to run a marathon with no idea where the starting line, ending line, or any of the middle points are? If you just had to run until someone said stop? Pretty tough! So when you set a resolution, you must set as start date (such as ”the first Monday in January I weigh myself”) and an end date or end goal (such as “I lose a pound every 2 weeks until May 31, or until I’ve lost 20 pounds”). If you need help with realistic dates and goals, just head over the Get-Fit Guy Facebook page for more tips.

Mistake #3: Setting Too Many Goals

Depending on your personality, it can be easy to go overboard with your resolution-making. If you wake up on January 1st ready to learn to play a piano concerto, run a marathon, lose 20 pounds, and become a black belt in karate, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. When you make too many ambitious resolutions, the likelihood of not achieving at least one of them, and doing a pretty subpar job at all of them, is pretty high. Despite the temptation to use New Year’s as a motivation to get a lot done, it is better and more efficient to focus on just one big goal, and not to become distracted (and overwhelmed) by other dreams.


About the Author

Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology; personal training and strength and conditioning certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA); a sports nutrition certification from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), an advanced bicycle fitting certification from Serotta. He has over 11 years’ experience in coaching professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes from all sports, and as helped hundreds of clients achieve weight loss and fitness success.