01 Jan New Year’s Resolutions: New Year, New You?
New Year’s Resolutions
It’s that time of the year again when everyone is making their New Year’s resolutions. How long did yours last in 2018?
Now that it’s 2019 it’s time to start looking at how to stick to this year’s resolution. Having looked at what the most popular resolutions have been in recent years, we’re going to take a look at some Health and Fitness resolutions and what you can do to improve your chances of sticking to them. Hopefully together we can all do better than last year!
According to a recent ComRes poll, the top four New Year’s resolutions are:
- Exercise more (38%)
- Lose weight (33%)
- Eat more healthily (32%)
- Take a more active approach to health (15%)
The top four resolutions all aimed at improving the overall health and wellbeing of our bodies. The question is; How can we build upon our New Year’s Resolutions so we can make a real and lasting difference to our health, not just for this New Year but for many New Years to come? We’ve put together some tips and advice on how to stick to your resolutions and possibly go beyond them.
Tips and Advice
Tip 1: Don’t set resolutions that are unrealistic. Don’t expect to be able to run a marathon or lose a stone within a week. These are unrealistic goals and it can be dangerous going to extremes like this. Set goals that are achievable for you! What works for someone else may not suit you, so set smart goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Based.
Advice: If it’s not all going to go according to plan, don’t panic or give up. You may not hit your goal every week or it may take a few weeks longer than you want to achieve your target. Don’t give up after a bad weigh-in or a sluggish training session – it’s totally normal that setbacks will happen. Every day is a new day – just reset and go again and remember a bad workout is better than no workout.
Tip 2: Pick a diet or training program that you will be able to stick to. This one can be more difficult. There are 10 million different diets out there, so finding the one for you may seem difficult. All weight loss diets are based on one thing: Calorie deficit. To lose weight it’s simple, you have to consume less calories than you burn. The difficult part is self-control. Choose a training program that you will feel comfortable doing, not one you will give up after a few days.
Advice: Get Creative. You’ll be eating less calories than normal and at times it will get difficult, so mix it up. Change your calorie limits on certain days depending on how you feel. Instead of setting your calories for the day, work out your total calories for the week and stick to that. This allows you to be more flexible. Also make sure to eat different foods! Chicken with broccoli and rice can be great for you but after three days of it you’re going to lose motivation. It’s the same with your training. Running on a treadmill or lifting weights can get repetitive and boring. Try HIIT Cardio twice a week or change up your weights workouts with rest pause training. Make it interesting to stay engaged and motivated.
Tip 3: Adjust when the time is right. What works for you to start with, won’t always work. Your fitness levels will increase and your weight will drop. In turn, the calories you need will drop and your fitness level will rise. This makes it harder to burn the same number of calories.
Advice: Tracking your weight every week or two weeks and adjusting your calories to the changes that have happened will make sure you don’t plateau. Lots of people fall at this hurdle as they see results to start with but don’t adjust their plans accordingly. Therefore, their weight stops dropping and stays the same. This leads to frustration and can end with you giving up. The same applies for your workouts – make them more challenging adding more weight or changing the intensity.
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