Tips to help keep New Year’s resolution by health blogger Sarah Offord

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 January 2017

Personal trainer motivates an elderly man to perform push-ups at the gym.

Personal trainer motivates an elderly man to perform push-ups at the gym.

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Well, that’s it, Christmas is over for another year. I hope you all had a fantastic festive period.

The chocolates are inevitably staring you in the face and you have given yourself these last couple of days to get through as much as you can before embarking on your “New Year, New You” lifestyle.

Firstly, well done for being positive and proactive about your health. I think it’s great that so many people see the importance of a healthy and efficient body.

I will be giving you a few ideas on how to stick to your resolutions and make 2017 the year you achieve what you set out to. For this purpose, I will be discussing how to stay motivated with a weight loss resolution – however, these tips can be transferred to any goal you are looking to 
achieve.

Scientifically speaking, goal setting is a mental training technique, used to increase an individual’s commitment towards achieving a personal goal. Setting goals can encourage an individual to work harder, to be more focused on the task and to overcome setbacks more easily.

When setting goals, you need to follow the following SMARTER rule:

-Specific – make them as precise and detailed as possible

-Measurable – a method by which you can quantify or rate your current position and then determine the amount of improvement required

-Accepted – goals need to be shared and negotiated with all others involved

-Realistic – the goal is realistic yet challenging

-Time phased – date is set for when the goal is to be achieved by

-Exciting – goal motivates the individual

-Recorded – the goal and progress towards it are recorded

-Having established your goals and where you want to be long-term, my advice to you would be to set some interim goals. By doing this it will help keep you motivated, and rather than focusing on the daunting end goal, you can work towards more achievable interim goals.

For example:

GOAL: To lose one stone in 12 weeks

Interim goals: Join a gym. Start to eat breakfast and track sleep

Interim goals (weeks 1-4): Limit takeaways to once a fortnight. Keep track of calorie intake. Go to the gym/workout at least three times a week

Interim goals (weeks 2-5): Increase water intake to at least two litres a day. Replace breakfast cereal 
with smoothies

Interim goals (weeks 4-8): Increase workouts/gym sessions to four times a week. Cut your calories

You get the idea – hitting each of these goals will make you feel accomplished and invigorated... it’s a lot easier to carry on when you’re on a roll.

Other tips for sticking to your New Year’s resolutions

-Train with a friend

-Be honest with yourself

-Tell as many people as possible

-Set SMARTER goals

-Set both long term and short term/interim goals

-Invest in your health – get a personal trainer to help you get started and stay motivated

Good luck all, and happy New Year.

For more information on the personal training packages Sarah offers, contact her on 07908 095001 or email offord.sarah@gmail.com

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