How to keep to your New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again. You’ve seen in the New Year, set your resolutions and are determined to make them stick this time around. You’re a week in to your ‘New Year, New Me’ but you’ve probably already noticed your motivation slipping. We’re right with you on this. Take a read of our top tips to help convert your resolutions to become your regular routine.

1) Keep it simple

It’s very tempting to want to change everything at once. Steer clear of attempting to overhaul your entire life in a short space of time. Routines take time to change and habits take a while to form, so allow yourself time to do this. Focus on a couple of important goals first, then once you’ve achieved them you can pick some new resolutions.

2) Be realistic

It’s good to be ambitious, but make sure your goals are achievable. If you’re not a regular runner, don’t expect to be running a marathon in a month’s time. Set realistic goals that are achievable and will keep you motivated. On average it takes 66 days to form a new habit, so allow yourself time to let your resolutions work.

3) Plan ahead

If you want to make big changes in your life, spend more than 5 minutes deciding how you’re going to achieve that. Plan your strategy, but allow yourself to be flexible. If your plans change, it’s not the end of the world but having a clear long-term action plan in mind will help keep you focused on your fitness journey. If you’ve missed the New Year, don’t worry. Resolutions can be made at any time, you don’t have to wait until the start of the year, month or even week to begin improving yourself.

4) Track your progress

Before you start working on improving yourself, take a note of your starting point. Weigh yourself, take your measurements or record your personal best – whatever you want to achieve, allow yourself to see how far you’ve come.

5) Share your successes (and failures)

Get your friends and family involved with your resolutions. Whether they keep you company at your next fitness class, or they’re just around for moral support, they’ll be a big help. Not only will they be able to encourage you when you’re struggling, they’ll also be able to help celebrate your successes when they come.

6) Set yourself short-term targets

Your target might seem a million miles away when you first begin, but don’t let that demotivate you. Keep your long-term goals reachable by setting yourself short-term targets to reach along the way. If you want to run 15k, aim for 5k or 10k first.

7) Try something new

If you’ve tried achieving the same goal before and not succeeded, it may be time to try something a little different. Take time to discover what works for you and your body. Repeating the same unsuccessful techniques won’t get you very far so remember to mix up your routine. Try a new class or ask a member of our gym team to give you a new workout.

8) Accept that failure may happen

You’re more than likely to come across some bumps in the road on your journey to self-improvement. We all have moments of weakness but it’s important not to let them get you down. Keep going, push through and reach those goals you want to achieve.

If you need a little help planning your fitness strategy for your resolutions, pop into one of our centres. Our friendly staff will be able to advise you on how best to reach your fitness goals and how we can help you achieve them.

This blog was written by Keziah Leary, Marketing Executive.