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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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Making Exercise Easier To Manage


In the modern day and age, we tend to put a lot of emphasis on the benefits of regular exercise, and why everyone out there in the world should give a regular workout routine a try. Of course, these statements don’t tend to take into account our personal needs and situations, and thus we can be left feeling a bit bereft if we’re not up to the same speed as the personal trainers in those workout DVDs we bought with good intentions.

And because of this, we can give exercise a miss, and end up potentially damaging our health as a result. So in order to try and make exercise much easier to warm to, and keep up with, here’s a couple of ways to better integrate the idea into your mind.

Even just rolling out a Yoga mat can make you sigh with boredom.

Go the Little and Often Route

Exercise routines can be hard to keep up with simply because they take so long to complete, and you simply don’t have time to stick to this schedule! So you’ve got five minutes after you’ve eaten some lunch to get some exercise in, what exactly can you do that’ll ensure you reap the benefits?

You can fit in a multi benefit workout, or you can try to focus on just one body part and do a quick succession of reps to get the blood flowing and the muscles building within those. Arm and leg workouts often come in circuits of five, so be sure to look into your options with these. And feel free to watch the video below to get you started!

Don’t Forget a Good Massage (and the like)

Often enough we can give exercise a miss because of the pain it puts us in, or how out of breath it can make us, and how much we hate having to spend a good ten or twenty minutes recovering from that. But at times like these, you’re going to have to remember the aftercare side of things, and just how much good it can do for your body.

So be sure to have a cool down as well as a warm up, and let yourself breath hard and heavy for a bit, no matter how much your brother might complain about it. Why not ask your partner to rub your hard working shoulders afterwards as well? And if the pain of the exercise is getting too much, you might have to cut that one out completely – normal aches that go away when you stop are fine, but anything more and it could be dangerous for you. At times like these, be sure to contact a Physio to make an appointment to see if you’ve pulled a muscle or a tendon.

Exercise can be easy to manage for your lifestyle, as long as you find the workarounds for making sure you can fit it into your lifestyle. Let some tips like these get you started with your goals.

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Exercise, why do it?


Why do it?

It’s 8.30pm and I’m sitting in my trainer’s gym. I’m one hour into the session with two more to go and I’ve got three sets left on my deadlift.

I find myself doing what everyone who has started a health and fitness adventure does when they have a big workout ahead of them.

I’m wondering: why am I training? Read the full story

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The Magic Pill


If there was a pill that fixed everything, would you be interested? One pill that could reduce the chance of heart disease and osteoporosis, increase metabolism, strengthen and lengthen muscles and reduce the effects of ageing.

Are you thinking how much and where do I get it from?

What if it was free and you already have it available to you at home? Read the full story

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Exercise Will Make You Fat?


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