3 reasons why I'm not a fan of New Year's resolutions

If you've ever made a New Year's resolution and stuck to it, this post isn't for you. However, if you've made many over the years but have given up on all of them, read on 👇

These are my problems with health and fitness related New Year's resolutions:

1. They're too drastic. How many times have you vowed in January to give up eating all the 'bad food' (by the way, there's no such thing) and exercise until you want to throw up every day? That's never going to happen for longer than a few days. You'll burn out if you suddenly start exercising at that intensity and you will end up giving in and gorging on all the food you've been trying to avoid as soon as the first week of January is over. Rather than 'resolving' to do all of those things, look at your lifestyle and pick one thing you can easily change in your daily routine. It will soon become the status quo and then you can move onto the next thing.

2. They're too vague. 'Right! That's it! I'm going to get fit this year!' Sound familiar? What do you mean by 'fit this year'? A year is 12 months long, which part of it do you want to be fit by? And what happens when you get fit? What does fit even mean? It's much more useful to have a specific goal in mind, for example, perhaps you've got a holiday coming up that you'd like to lose weight for. Setting yourself a specific goal of losing your chosen amount of centimetres off your waist by that holiday gives you a clear target to reach and is much more likely to keep you focussed.

3. They leave you feeling deflated when you give up on them, either because they were too drastic, or too vague and nobody needs those melancholy feelings in their lives.

If you want to make changes to your health and fitness, it's worth remembering that small changes add up to a big difference over time.

With custom-made resistance training programmes and small changes to their nutrition, sleeping habits and general activity levels, my clients are building stronger, leaner, healthier bodies and it's a pleasure to coach each and every one of them and I can't wait to help even more people do the same in 2020.#

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