New Year, New You

Matrix gym cardio suite at Donnington Valley

New Year, New You. New Year’s resolutions and how to keep them

We all know that when we set New Year resolutions, no matter what they are, they usually last for about a month before we give up, think it’s unachievable or frankly can’t be bothered!

Being within the fitness industry I see this every year, at the start of January everyone wants to get fit and healthy, but by the end of January, February or March time, the new faces that I’ve seen come through the door are no more; at least until next January!

So I’ve come up with five top tips to help you stick to your New Year’s resolution and become a healthier and fitter version of yourself.

Set goals

Set yourself short term goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time based. Having shorter goals makes achieving your longer term goal a lot easier, think of them as stepping stones.

Have a routine

Think realistically about what days of the week you can go to the gym and what times. Have a plan of exactly when you will be going to the gym on a weekly basis, you are more likely to follow a plan than spontaneously deciding to go.

Talk to a professional

Get advice from a personal trainer, one of the most common reasons why we give up is due to lack of understanding in what we are doing, personal trainers are qualified professionals in exercise and dietary tips, book a session and learn from the pro’s.

Have a fitness buddy

Training with a friend can make the sessions more interesting, whether you compete against each other in who can run the furthest or have someone to chat to in between sets, going with a friend will make you want to exercise more often.

Have fun

Exercising needs to be fun, if we do not enjoy it then it is more the likely we will give up. So have fun when you’re in the gym. Do things that you enjoy and ask for advice if you’re unsure on anything.

If you follow my steps when thinking about getting fitter and healthier in the New Year, I know I will be seeing you all the way through to the next one.

James Beldam