But there is a reason why New Year Resolutions tend to, well, not work so good. Setting out to make a change is one thing, but until that new thing becomes part of your lifestyle these changes may not last.
With martial arts, it's best to adapt a lifestyle that compliments your training. There is so much crossover into daily life, no matter what kind of martial art you're taking.
Weight loss and getting in shape are always popular resolutions. Here's a secret: I run because I don't want to be dead on the mat after two rounds. Here's another secret: I eat decently so I feel light and energetic during training. These things do lead to weight loss and fitness, but they also link directly to martial arts training. It works because it's part of the overall lifestyle.
Aside from the physical stuff, there's the mental aspect too. Staying calm when someone is trying to punch you or choke you out-- Under those circumstances, staying calm when work gets stressful seems easy, right?
Work your New Year Resolutions into your martial arts lifestyle!!