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Made Your Health & Fitness New Year Resolutions?

running-573762_640After the overindulgence of Christmas, we often resort to making extreme New Year resolutions.

Have you?

According to Neilson’s research, the Number One resolution for 2016 is to stay fit and healthy, with losing weight coming in a close second place.

And it’s no surprise. We all start the New Year with the best of intentions. But unfortunately for the majority, these resolutions are usually a distant memory by February.

Why?

Because we often set resolutions that are unrealistic or too vague.

  • Lose 2 stone in 2 weeks – unachievable
  • Get healthy – what does this even mean?
  • Get fit – how?

So why not throw your New Year resolutions out the window and try coming from a different angle – still with the same end goal, but approached in a different way to make it a realistic aim.

And here’s how … (hint, it’s not rocket science!):

1. Be specific

Rather than saying you want to get fit or healthy, state exactly what it is that you want to achieve within a set time period.

For example:

  • Lose 1lb per week until you reach X weight.
  • Tone up arms by your summer holiday booked for X date.
  • Get back to pre-pregnancy weight by Easter.
  • Be ready to run a 10km race by May.
  • Be able to pump X weight at the gym.

You get the idea.

Don’t be too wild with your goals. Set a timeframe and work toward it. Each and every day.

2. Create a schedule

Now you know what your goal is, don’t just assume you’ll crack on and accomplish it.

Set a schedule and stick to it. Come rain or shine. Tired or not.

If you know you’re not disciplined enough to go it alone, join a class or the gym. A class can be great because the day and time is set in stone. The gym is good because you have instructors on hand to help out – motivating you to do better.

But do whatever works for you.

Then update your calendar with the activities you’ll do on a daily basis (making sure to schedule your rest days too) and set reminders on your phone or computer so you never miss it.

And remember to mix it up – particularly if you’re trying to lose weight. Doing something your body isn’t expecting using different muscles is proven to be more beneficial to doing the same exercises each week. Our Tabatalive online classes are great for this!

3. Get support

The most successful resolutions are those where you’re not on your own.

You most likely know a friend or family member with the same resolution – get together to motivate and encourage each other. When one is flagging, this is a great way to keep the momentum going and have accountability for getting on with it.

Tell friends what you’re doing so your get-togethers can include a walk, rather than a coffee where you’re tempted by the delicious pastries.

If you’re headed to the gym, get the instructors to write up a programme specific to your goal. Often instructors will create this free of charge, but even if you have to pay, it could be the difference between reaching your goal or not.

4. Don’t worry about ‘bad days’

We all have a bad day. Perhaps you had a rubbish day at work, an argument with a loved one, or the kids are being particularly stroppy, you may reach for the chocolate, glass of wine or a beer.

Don’t berate yourself for slipping up. In fact, allowing yourself treats will help you stick to your resolution more easily.

If you try cutting everything out or exercising everyday (which isn’t advised anyway) you’ll most likely fail.

By setting a realistic fitness schedule and having treat days you’ll do the exercise and look forward to your rest days, and know you’ve only got a couple more days before you can indulge in your favourite chocolate.

Follow these tips and you will meet your 2016 health and fitness resolutions. How great will that be!

Stay strong and enjoy the journey.

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