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Guest Spot Blog: Why you shouldn’t make new year resolutions

Happy 2019 to everyone!

I do love a new start, a clear focus and getting back on track after the Christmas excess. However as some of you may know,  I am not a fan of new year resolutions! This may be unusual for a PT, but here’s why…

Tell me (honestly) how many of you have made a new resolution and then two or three weeks into January you’re already fed up with it or have forgotten it altogether?

You are not alone. I think the main reason for this, is often new year resolutions have no time scale or framework.

  • You’ve joined a gym FOREVER!
  • Or you’ve vowed to cut out sugar and spend a fortune buying super healthy food FOREVER!

The  good intentions are there and that’s brilliant!  BUT if we don’t have an achievable start and finish date (like the month of ‘Dry January’ or ‘MoVember’) it can be difficult to maintain motivation and momentum.

So what are we to do?  My suggestion is to initially select the middle two weeks of January  and then really think about what you’d like to do or change this year, focusing on what you feel you need most. Then do a little bit of research, for example if you would like to cut down on your sugar intake, get prepped and find some tasty recipes you can try out.

If you want to exercise, don’t just join the nearest gym and go full pelt, as you’ll probably get ill or injured within a month (I don’t mean to be pessimistic, but I’ve seen it time and time again). So, again think what exercise you particularly like and do your homework. Look for classes and courses you need to sign up for. These are often six to eight weeks long and will help you pace yourself and build up gradually. Pre-paying will encourage you to go and if and if at end you decide it’s not for you, don’t sweat, you are free to try something new.

New year is a great time. It’s a time when you can set short, focused, timed goals. 2019 is your time  –  think, plan and achieve!

Have a happy and healthy 2019.

Vicki x

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