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The media is full of articles on how to keep a New Year’s resolution at the moment. But here are some tips to finally make it happen from real experts in the field. For over 12 years we’ve been helping clients from all walks to lose weight, hit long forgotten targets, improve their lives and get fit. Here’s what we’ve learned.
1 – Keep it simple. Too many goals will leave you with too much on your plate making failure likely. Instead of a long list of hard to achieve goals, have just one or two things that you want to change. Work on just these two things, when they are under control, look at the others. This is the 1 rule in how to keep a New Year’s resolution.
2 – Go public. Tell friends and loved ones about you plans. This way you do two thngs; you become accountable but also enlist the support from those close to you. This will aid success.
3 – Use social media. Use social media to action point 2 above – get accountable. Announce your plans to the world and become even more accountable. Social media will also provide sympathy from those with similar goals and issues. A problem shared is a problem halved.
4 – Break it down. Break your goal down into smaller, achievable sections. If you have 4 stones to lose, make a chart or graph to track weight loss. But instead of the whole 4 stones, just make it go from where you are now to minus one stone. That way the target seems closer. Once you’ve hit target 1, move on to the next step.
5 – Get professional help. A personal trainer will give you the guidance, eating help, accountability and expertise to make sure that you are proceeding in the most effective and easiest way. It doesn’t need to cost the earth either. Train with a friend or have just a session a week with another session training on your own or in a class.
6 – Do it with friends. Share the cost of a PT between friends, or arrange workout sessions with them. Doing 3 sessions or exercise a week on your own in winter leaves room for missing sessions. Meeting a friend means that you are both much more likely to stay committed.
7 – Diversify. Keep your fitness routines accountable and fun. So a weekly routine might be a PT session, a session with a friend then a session on your own. You could add a gym based exercise class or bootcamp even.
8 – Sort your head. The majority of weight and fitness problems start in the head. So getting some help for that is important, if you need it. Hypnotherapy, NLP, self help books, CBT or just talking to a friend are all good places to start.
9 – Recognise the blip. A shot term failure can often derail your New Year’s quest. But these short term failures are just blips. Expect them, know your enemy and deal with it. Recognise that a blip will be OK provided the overall trend is improvement.
10 – Be specific. Instead of saying “I’m going to lose weight”, say “I’m going to lose 7lbs”. Instead of saying “I want to get fitter” say “By June I want to be able to run for 30 minutes”. The brain doesn’t deal with vague goals well. Something specific puts a timeframe alongside a targeted achievable goal. Work out what this specific is for you. Entering an event is a great way of defining this. Enter a 5k run, a 2k row or any event that will give a future target that you have to hit.