Make Resolutions Stick in 2017

[RYE, January 13, 2017]  Along with singing “Auld Lang Syne” at the start of the New Year, making resolutions is a tradition for millions of Americans. However, while choosing a resolution is easy, sticking to it can be impossible. A 2014 YMCA survey found that less than a quarter of respondents kept their resolutions. Many (71 percent) tried, but stated that they fell short of their goals, while 40 percent confessed that gave up within the first few months, even weeks, of the New Year!

This year, the Rye YMCA is encouraging community members to give their New Year’s resolutions a boost by creating smaller, more manageable goals that can lead to success of a larger one. Re-framing your goals in a positive way can help you stick to them. If you aren’t active at all try to incorporate activity into your routine three days a week before telling yourself that you’ll work out every single day.

For example, you may want to limit your screen time in 2016, but that can be more manageable if you replace it with something positive like volunteering or setting special time aside for family. “Try not to think about what you’re missing, but rather what you’re gaining. This can make a resolution feel more positive, and therefore more achievable,” says Diana Vita, the Rye Y’s Senior Director of Member Wellness.

Here are a few programs the Rye Y offers to help you get started in 2017:

Family Time: The Rye Y offers many opportunities for members and non-members to spend time together as a family.  First Family Friday is a monthly fun evening with themed crafts and activities. Special events include a Family Ski/Snowboarding trip in February and in March, the 4th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta as well as a family camp-out at the Greenkill Retreat Center. Members can take advantage of family swim and gym time and have fun together in the interactive ExerZone.

Weight Watchers at the Rye YMCA:  Community members are welcome to join our weekly Weight Watchers group, Thursdays at 1pm.

Fitness and Aquatics Orientation: Would you like to change your fitness routine but don’t know how to get started? Both new and established Rye Y members can take advantage of a free orientation to learn more about the Fitness Center, Group Wellness and Aquatics offerings. The Rye Y also offers free 15-minute swim assessments to help you improve your stroke or pool workout.

Take Action to Improve Heart Health: Our new blood pressure self-monitoring program offers personalized support. Members may stop by our table near the Fitness Center to learn more. Monday: 3 – 4:30pm, Wednesday: 8:30am – 10am, Thursday: 1:30 – 3pm

Volunteer: Getting involved in our Togetherhood program is a great way to connect with the community and other volunteers in meaningful ways.

For more information about the Rye YMCA, visit and view our program guide, call 914-967-6363 or stop by the Rye Y at 21 Locust Avenue in Rye.