In around 5 weeks or so, most people will be making their New Year’s Resolutions. You know, the usual “I’m going to lose weight, stop drinking and be fitter” stories we’ve all said at one point or another but then usually break them within a week or two, three if we’re lucky. If we’re actually going to make a resolution that we want to stick to then we want to be thinking about it, and acting upon it, now.
The reason most resolutions fail as that they’re not thought through properly, come immediately after a period of excessive drinking and eating meaning that we try to make too many changes at one time and our bodies can’t cope with it. Additionally, December is usually a frenetic month of parties, shopping, work and less time for exercise and so we start the year at our least fittest and so starting an exercise regime feels a bit like waking up a sloth.
The solution? Think about your resolutions now and start to act on them. The best way to start is to write down all the changes you would like to make, when you want to see a difference and how you are going to measure your progress. The next step is to look at those changes – which are really goals – and think about what changes you need to make in order to achieve it. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, think about what you actually want to look like, the things you need to do in order to make it reality, when you want the weight loss and how you can measure your progress. Weight loss isn’t a really good resolution anyway and I’ll tell you why in another post.
In terms of fitness, this is a great time to start exercising and it will make everything much easier in January. If you can manage to make time to exercise for 30mins every day then you won’t put on that much weight over Christmas. Try three days per week doing some resistance work then the rest doing some walking or jogging for best results. Remember to maintain drinking 2 litres of water a day and you’ll eat fewer chocolates that are around most workplaces at this time of year.
Your key target just now is to lay the foundations of your goals just now and so once the festive season is over, you’ll be better placed to step things up a bit, it will feel much easier to do and you’ll be less likely to give up after a week.