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Why New Year Fitness Resolutions Rarely Work

Somebody forgot to pace themselves

The new year is almost upon us, and like many other people, you might be considering upping your fitness game in the year ahead. However, like many other people, you might also be tempted to give up early on. Why?

Well, while you might be serious about your long-term health, there may well be obstacles in the way of your proposed fitness program when the new year begins.

  • Deciding to embark on a daily jog or run as the new year starts is all well and good, but because the weather is still cold and wet, you might give up on this resolution at a very early stage.
  • Deciding to join the gym is a good idea, but only if you have the money. At the start of the new year, you may still be skint from all of your Christmas festivities. While you can still join the gym at a later date, you may well have given up on the idea once the business of your life takes over.
  • You might begin new year fitness resolutions because you think you should. Everybody else seems to be doing it, so you decide that you should do. And while it is an excellent idea to begin some form of exercise, you might give up easily if you aren’t passionate about what you are doing.
  • Determined to start the new year well, you may well push yourself too hard when you begin your fitness program. There is sense behind the saying, ‘don’t run before you can walk,’ and that is because you need to pace yourself. If you go at it too hard at the beginning, you may well give up early because of the hard task you have set yourself.

So, what can we take away from all of this? We should all make new year fitness resolutions, but how can we make them work?

  • Don’t start the new year keeping fit running in the cold, or by paying more than you can afford at the gym. To give you more incentive, you might want to exercise at home instead. Spend what you can afford to pay on these home gym fitouts, or save up your money so you have something for later in the year and/or next year. And if you don’t have room for a home gym, or you can’t afford to spend a lot of money, you can still work out in your living room, perhaps taking a cue from a home fitness DVD to spur you on.
  • Don’t do something because everybody else is doing it. Consider the type of workout you might enjoy, and then plan to take part doing it regularly. You might take up a new hobby at the local leisure centre, for example, or you might return to a sport you used to enjoy. While you should exercise regardless of the fun factor, you are still more likely to keep going if you’re actually gaining some enjoyment.
  • Limit what it is you do. Before you start piling on the weights, go with something you can comfortably manage. Before you start running around the park, take a gentle stroll instead. You will do yourself an injury if you push your body too hard at the beginning, so take it slow, work your way up, and you will eventually see the benefits.

Fitness resolutions rarely work…unless you consider what we have said. Focus on doing those things that are a) affordable, b) achievable, and c) relevant to you, and you should have all the impetus to keep going all year round.

We wish you every success, and a very happy new year!

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