Is it just us or have New Year’s Resolutions become a bit stigmatized? Every year we take January 1st as a less-than-arbitrary deadline to improve our lives. Admirable? Sure. But, as proponents of year-round goal-setting (and achieving!), we have structured our programs and philosophies in a way that can power you through your resolutions ANY TIME!

Studies show that most New Year’s Resolutions are abandoned by February with only 25% of people still committed to their resolutions while only 8% of people actually end up accomplishing their year-start goal. Whether you set a New Years Resolution or are still plugging away at a previous goal, we don’t want you to find yourself as part of that statistic. Helping is what we’re here for!

By now, you’re likely pretty familiar with The EPIC Life Formula. It is our sure-fire method of getting you RESULTS based on our four foundational pillars: Functional Training, Holistic Nutrition, Nature, and Self-Care. The key to the Formula, however, is that the results it helps you achieve stand the test of time. This is how we avoid being part of that earlier statistic- turning your resolutions and goals into an actual result! 

Functional Training

It probably comes as no surprise that we see an influx of people in January looking to join the gym and get moving on their New Years Resolutions. Fitness goals are some of the most common set at the New Year but still, people find themselves less and less motivated to get moving after a couple of weeks. Our EPIC advantage is getting things started with a Personal Trainer. Not only do they design a program tailored to your needs and goals but they help you STICK. TO. IT. Working with a trainer means that you have someone who is holding you accountable, who is there for you to see that you stay on track- or is there to help you get back into the swing of things if you fall off track. It’s additional motivation and inspiration all bundled up in one person! When it comes to fitness goals, it also takes a bit of the pressure off. Leave the science and research and constant learning to us. All you have to do is just show up!

If your goals aren’t fitness-related, working out consistently in and of itself still helps you reach your resolutions. Working out changes the structure of your life. When you start to make conscious decisions to support your workout plans and encourage healthy behaviours that strategy can be transferred to other parts of your life. That means prioritizing and making conscious decisions about any of your goals.

Holistic Nutrition

In any goal-making, it’s important to be specific and realistic. When it comes to nutrition and food-related goals, we find this even more important as most people have large, sweeping nutrition goals and can become discouraged when there is a slip-up or if things don’t show a change quickly. If you’re trying to overhaul your current nutrition habits, that’s actually a big lifestyle change (way to go!). It’s a good idea to set mini-goals or smaller stepping stones to achieving your big, yearly resolution. What small changes can you make right now that are attainable? Can you cut down the sugar you take in your morning coffee? Can you start to pack fruit for snacks? Can you make one meatless meal a week?

Balanced and holistic nutrition also helps you achieve your other life goals by fuelling you. What you put into your body is what you’re going to get out of it. So if you’re trying to fuel your body with junk you’re not going to get very far. If you fuel your body with a balance of greens, fibre, and healthy fats you’ll notice a spike in sustainable energy and alertness. It’s the cause of that I-can-do-anything feeling!

Nature

You’ve heard this from us before but we genuinely cannot say it enough: Nature nourishes your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Spending time in nature increases energy, boosts focus, and lowers stress and anxiety. It’s SO simple but being consistent in this practice provides inspiration and motivation to accomplish and succeed in other areas of your life. 

Studies have shown that spending time in nature helps to lower levels of cortisol, the hormone often used as a marker for stress. Needless to say, when we feel stressed out, unproductive, and have low energy, it takes a toll on our work, social life, relationships, and mental state- try adding in the goals you want to achieve and that mountain looks pretty darn hard to climb. Those who don’t spend time in nature actually end up staying in more, avoiding challenges. 

Self-Care

This is what it all comes back to. Any goal you’re setting for the betterment of your life is in the interest of self-care. Striving to improve, even in small ways, is showing yourself self-love. This makes these goals worth setting. Whether your New Years Resolution is about your training, nutrition, spending time in nature- or anything else, working toward them can supercharge your productivity, self-esteem- even your immune system.

If you’re looking for resolutions that are self-care specific, we’ve got a few ideas (okay, more than a few but that could be a whole other blog post!). Celebrate your little victories, set healthy work boundaries, plan for a great start to the day- these are all small things that can make a BIG difference in your lifestyle.

Not sure where to start with your resolutions? Or having a hard time setting some? Our EPIC Life Assessment is just the place to begin. We’ll chat and let you in on our entire process to see how it can work specifically for you.