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Samantha Clayton: How to Plan a Successful New Year’s Resolution

“Knowledge of self is the greatest of all knowledge,” said Dennis Baker, track coach to Herbalife Sr. Director of Worldwide Fitness Education Samantha Clayton. To this day, she uses Baker’s words to inspire as she educates and motivates people from all walks of life to create a lifelong fitness plan. Making a New Year’s resolution often demonstrates that individuals know who they are and what they need to do to be more successful in their life. “A New Year’s fitness resolution can get you to communicate outwardly about wanting to be healthy or get fit,” says Clayton. “Resolutions tend to be things that you share with your friends and family and I firmly believe that is a step in the right direction.”

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According to Clayton, New Year’s resolutions can be good, even for people who have found them too challenging in the past. The New Year is a great time to wipe the slate clean, and the simple act of setting a resolution for yourself generates motivation and excitement. If you’re one of those people who has set a resolution in the past and not stuck with it, the pressure to stay with it on the next go-around can be even more of a motivation. That said, no New Year’s fitness resolution is going to be successful without a solid plan. “I think people tend to not succeed with a resolution because they have not made a specific plan to incorporate it into their lifestyle,” says Clayton. “They miss the important step of planning the how, what, when and where. These are critical details that make your resolution become a reality.” She adds that if you’re trying to quit a bad habit, in order to be successful, you need a plan for what to do when you feel like you want or need to revert back to that bad habit. “People tend to find much more success when they set realistic goals and also make a solid plan to fully help themselves be successful,” she says.

Clayton advises that since people tend to be successful at things that they enjoy, picking such an activity is the most important step. Convenience is also important – if you have to drive a long way to do your activity, it will get old fast. She also suggests that finding a friend or family member to enjoy your activity with will help to keep you accountable. So how does Clayton stay accountable to her fitness plans and resolutions? “I practice what I preach,” she says. “I keep a detailed fitness schedule and have a goals board that I check off. I live a very structured existence with healthy food and time for exercise. Plus, I don’t believe in excuses, only solutions.” Though Clayton sets high expectations for herself when it comes to exercising each day, as a wife, mother and full-time Herbalife employee, she has to remain flexible. “If my schedule gets crazy, I might reduce my usual hour of exercise to 30 minutes – doing something is always better than doing nothing at all,” she says. “Ultimately, it is your dedication, consistency and overall commitment to a healthy, active life over the long run that is going to serve you best.”

Herbalife is proud to have Clayton, a motivational force who is dedicated to making fitness accessible and fun to so many, on its team.

Clayton’s Steps for Fitness Success

  • Know why you want to be fit
  • Plan out exactly what you will do to get fit
  • Make a time commitment to getting fit and stick to it
  • Have a plan for how you will stay accountable to your goals