Instead of Making Crazy Fitness Resolutions, Try This Approach

Claire Fountain—celebrity yoga teacher, personal trainer, and wellness expert—founded #TrillYoga with her unorthodox approach to breaking stigmas and stereotypes in the yoga and wellness space. Since getting into yoga for depression and anxiety, she has always been a mental health advocate beyond all her fitness endeavors. She also has an e-book series, Built and Bendy, that promotes strength training, flexibility, mindfulness, and positivity-led health goals.

New Year’s resolutions get a bad name, mostly because no one actually keeps them. They are also easy to bash for that very reason. There is a societal expectation to make a resolution, yet if we don’t succeed in these actions or behaviors that are supposed yield better version of ourselves, how do we feel? Many avoid the fallout and just don’t make resolutions. Others try and try again. And others still just roll their eyes at the whole thing. I don’t make resolutions, but I also do not think they are inherently bad.

I think the way we think about them can be, though.

There is nothing wrong with trying to better ourselves. It’s admirable, even. The problem is we could be setting ourselves up for failure without even realizing it. Here, I’m going to break down why this happens and give some alternative resolutions—or intentions or goals or future life mapping, all titles I think are better than “resolutions”—that could fill you as we close 2017 and begin a new 2018.