The Top 9 Reasons New Year's Resolutions Fail (And How to Beat Them)

Is your New Year's resolution doomed to fail? Learn how to stay on track with New Year's resolution advice from some of the fitness industry's top minds.

Fail #7: Creating Demands That Exceed Your Desire

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Fail #7: Creating Demands That Exceed Your Desire

Working out, eating well—these things aren't easy. If they were, everyone would do them. So an important question to ask yourself when you're setting goals is: How bad do you really want it? If you just want to lose a couple of pounds, set a goal to start running, but don't say you're going to go run a marathon. "Fitness goals—they're not always fun," Trink says. "Your desire has to be strong enough to exceed the difficulties you're going to face along the way."

Overcome It: Be realistic and laser-focused when you choose your New Year's goal. Your objective is to not overshoot what you're capable of doing. If you find that you've crushed it and want to move on to something more challenging, set a new goal for yourself after six months. Whatever you choose, you want your goal to be challenging but achievable.

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