There’s nothing like a couple of weeks of Christmas overindulgence to convince us that it’s time to turn over a new leaf, and become better, fitter, slimmer people.
So on Jan 1st, we resolve to give up drinking, adopt a macrobiotic diet, go to the gym and be in bed by ten every night. But within a week or two we’re stumbling back from the pub at midnight, kebab in hand.
So in the spirit of goodwill to all, here are a few tips to help you make sure your New Year’s resolutions last longer than your Christmas decorations:
1. Ease your way in
January and February are cold, difficult months, so don’t start with a regime that’ll make you feel even more miserable. If you start going to the gym, twice a week is fine to begin with. Similarly, a full two months on your new steamed tofu and wheatgrass detox diet may be a bit much for a system used to a generous allowance of mince pies and red wine.
2. Set realistic goals
It’s fine to set yourself a goal that’s a bit of a stretch, but don’t go crazy. So if you’ve never been a runner before, a 10K fun-run by the end of February is an achievable objective. A marathon is not.
3. Focus on the positive
Don’t think about how much you miss cheeseburgers or lunchtime drinking. Instead remind yourself why you’re doing this, and how much better you’re going to look and feel as a result. If you fall off the wagon from time to time, don’t beat yourself up. Just get back on it and carry on.
4. Get help
It’s always easier to stick to something if you’re doing it with someone else. So why not go on the same diet as a friend, or train with a workmate – that way you’ll have someone to share the successes and moan about the difficulties with. Or sign up for some Personal Training, a good Personal Trainer will build you a plan that’s sustainable, and keep you accountable too. If you’re interested in Personal Training with us at Ten, fill out our Personal Training Enquiry form.
And on that note, we wish you a happy, healthy New Year.