Sticking to Your New Year Resolutions

It’s coming towards the end of January, how are you getting on? Are you sticking to your New Year resolutions? We often start the month, and indeed the year, with great enthusiasm about achieving our goals yet sometimes this can be thwarted as every day life gets in the way. So, here are some top tips from the fitness team at Supersonic Fitness about keeping you on track and to give you a hand in sticking to your New Year resolutions.

Rebecca Jones – Fitness Coach & Class Instructor

”I like to write the goals for the year in my notes on my phone so that when I have achieved them I tick them off.  I try to keep my resolutions reasonable and attainable, small goals are easier to focus on and will stop you from being so hard on yourself if you do go off track.  I try not to tell myself to lose a certain amount of weight, stop drinking or cut out meat etc because I feel guilty if I don’t stick to it religiously and then I give up.

I like to focus more on what I want to achieve in the year and how I am going to do it.  Everyone’s resolutions are different but at the end of the day we all need to be less hard on ourselves when we do go off track and concentrate on the good so that you can get back on track and keep improving.

Charlotte Hallam – Group Exercise Co-ordinator

”Take your long term goal and then break it down into smaller, more achievable chunks which can easily be ticked and make you feel like you have accomplished something. This will keep you more focused and determined to achieving that long term goal”

Damian Manning – Personal Trainer

”Don’t just focus on what you ‘want’ now, think about what you want to achieve over a full year. Pick your goals for the end of the year, then work backwards and make a plan and what you need to do to achieve them. Take your time to plan your goal as you’re going to be working towards them for the whole year, so your strategies to achieve your goals need to motivate you”.

Nat Taylor – Personal Trainer & Sports Massage Therapist

”New Year’s resolutions are always difficult as ultimately we’re implementing change and change doesn’t come easily. If your resolution involves cutting something unhealthy out of your lifestyle such as the fatty food you might love or a negative health habit such as smoking/drinking – going cold turkey might be too hard on the body and your emotions. Equally, if your resolution involves implementing a good habit such as becoming more active or eating more nutritious vegetables, jumping straight in could also be too much for you to keep up with.

You want to stay on this journey of change for as long as possible until eventually it becomes your lifestyle, so my advice is to set realistic mini targets, there is nothing wrong with easing yourself in, you are more likely to stick with it if you do. It is called a new YEAR’s resolution for a reason, Rome wasn’t built in a day”

Deena Tunley – Duty Manager

”Personally I am not a fan of using the term ‘New Year resolutions’ – just that phrase on its own creates an immense amount of pressure where we all feel like we have to make drastic changes instantly! I prefer to think of a ‘New Year’ as the bigger picture – what do you want to achieve for the year? How can you do this realistically? The best way is to break it down into bite size goals, not changing life drastically but implementing new habits throughout the year”

We hope you found these tops tips to sticking to your New Year Resolutions helpful and that they help to keep you on track and focused. The over-riding advice seems to be breaking down your goal into smaller, more manageable chunks.

If you need any fitness advice on how to achieve your goals please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll be happy to help!