By Tasha Kolonas
Many people use the New Year as an opportunity to hit the refresh button – dreaming new goals and reaching towards new ambitions; one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions is a renewed commitment to health and wellbeing.
With this heightened attitude towards self-betterment, spend time to plan your path to success by safeguarding any chances of falling short. Embrace this annual enthusiasm by mapping out realistic parameters for the year. Here are the top tips towards an achievable long-term lifestyle change:
- FITNESS IS A LIFESTYLE NOT A QUICK FIX. The most common mistake is to treat a fitness routine as a temporary fix towards a momentary goal. Muscle and the body have an almost infinite capacity for improvement, so the longer you go, the better and more sustained the results.
2. PACE YOURSELF. DON’T BURN OUT. Seeing clients going hard for a few weeks or months, then disappear is a common observation. Health and fitness are about constant progress. The body will regress if a routine isn’t kept. Start with one or two sessions a week, then gradually build up from there.
3. MAKE IT A ROUTINE. Schedule fitness appointments like you’d schedule anything else that deserves attention. Make it compulsory, plan ahead, and be realistic.
4. DON’T FOLLOW TRENDS. FIND WHAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU. With the rate of new concepts nowadays, it’s easy to fall into the trap of trying the best new thing. Don’t let the shine distract from the bigger goal. Once you’ve found a routine you enjoy stick to it. Hard work becomes tolerable when enjoyed!
5. DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF TO ANYONE BUT YOURSELF. Every individual is unique with a different body type and composition; thus, differing needs. What works for one may not work for another. Embrace the difference and focus on what you need for your level, availability, and body type.
New Year resolutions are a stepping stone to a lot of positive changes, so remember to consider these ambitions as a slow journey towards a greater lifetime destination versus a quick fix.