Do you make new year’s resolutions? Have you started them? Have you fallen off the bandwagon… again?
Early January is the busiest time for gyms and personal trainers. I hate to say this, but we get a lot of enquiries from people eager to kick the year off with a great start, but not many of these people follow through. Are YOU one of these people?
I guess once the holidays are up, and you’re back into a routine with work, you realise you have to slot it into your life, you have to sweat, you might be a bit sore from training, you realise you have to pay off your credit cards from your Christmas shopping, and suddenly it’s all a bit too hard. So you fall off the bandwagon and that’s it for another year.
How about this for a strategy:
Give yourself a break to start with. It’s the start of the new year – you may as well enjoy it and be happy – that’s what I consider kicking the year off with a great start.
Allow yourself to get out of ‘holiday mode’ and back into a routine. Once your life is back to normal, you have a better idea of how you can fit exercise and planning healthy nutrition into your life.
NOW is the time to get serious. Find out about that gym membership, contact the personal trainer, make some healthy changes in the kitchen. This is where your new year’s resolutions can become realistic lifestyle changes.
What if you fall off the bandwagon?
Let’s face it – try as we might, no one is perfect. You will have some good days and you will have some bad days. What would you say to a friend who had a bad day and fell off the bandwagon? Don’t worry, get back on it, and you’ll be right! So treat yourself like you’d treat a friend – don’t beat yourself up, simply get right back on plan and you’ll be fine.
Support is important
Get your family to help you eat better (by eating better with you), exercise with a friend, meet with your trainer even when you don’t feel like it. The more you surround yourself with people leading a healthy life, the more inspired you will be to do it yourself.
Don’t give up
People who quit smoking often don’t succeed the first time. They might have to try again… and again… and again before they truly succeed. Treat your health and fitness journey the same way. Be aware that it’s not going to be easy. In fact, it could be bloody hard. So if at first you don’t succeed… try, try, try again.
Best of luck for your new year’s resolutions. If you are serious about making it work this year, get in touch with me for help.