New Year- New You. Detox diets. Thousands of new gym subscriptions. Here comes this time of the year again, when we are bombarded by nutrition and fitness advice like fad diets and exercise plans that are supposed to help us achieve our New Year’s resolutions of getting fitter and healthier again. The fact is that many of them will only work for a little while, if at all and nearly most of them will not last longer than a month or two, leaving you with guilt and possibly feelings of failure.
That is why you should never follow a detox/fad diet and concentrate on long term planning instead. Here are 3 things you can try this January to get you started on your road to fitness.
Look for ways to improve your lifestyle.
Try to work on new habits that will help you get fitter long term rather than just for the moment. The reason why quick fixes and detoxes don’t work is because you can’t detox all the time. You have got to stop at some point and go back to your usual ways. Instead of going for an extreme diet for few weeks, try to make smaller changes in your routine that you can keep for good, like cutting down on take-aways, reducing your alcohol and caffeine consumption, introducing more fruit and veg in your diet etc… In this way you can change your habits one step at a time and get used to them and eventually keep them as a part of your life for ever.
Ask yourself: Why do you want to do it?
Setting New Year’s goals is great but you need to understand exactly why you want to achieve them….otherwise it might all just as well end in a failure again. Many people set goals like dropping a dress size, running a 5k, 10k or a half-marathon…… But in order for you to make those aims achievable you need to get down to your real personal motives. You need to know why you are doing it and what for.
Try sitting down and asking yourself : “Why do I want to get fit enough to run a long distance race? Is it because I want to get fit in the process so that I can enjoy my life to the fullest? Or maybe because I want to raise funds for a charity? Or inspire others to make them do something with their lives too? If you personalise and own your goals and find a purpose you can work towards,there are much higher chances you will achieve them.
Give yourself time.
The world we are living in now has got us used to instant gratification. We have grown impatient and are always attracted to instant results and quick fixes. Well, you need to accept the fact that there are no quick fixes in terms of your fitness; no matter how big or small your goal is, it is going to take some time.
There will be ups and downs and you need to learn to accept that so don’t let guilt set you back or make you give up entirely. The key to success is consistency and always getting up if you stumble. So, next time you skip the gym or treat yourself to pizza for lunch instead of a salad, remember that this does not mean that you’ve failed and as long as you stick to your plan most of the time, one mistake will not ruin your long term goals.
If you think you would benefit from working with a professional that would help you set your achievable goals and keep you motivated to stay on track with your training in 2020, do get in touch with us and book a free consultation with one of our personal trainers and see where you can go from there.