New year, new you!
In January we feel under so much pressure to take up healthy habits such as a new exercise campaign, latest diet or have a life makeover. If you are anything like me you have probably made and broken your resolutions already.
It’s perfectly normal to look forward to a fresh start in January (or not!), but here’s a little guidance on whether to put money down on that hot new habit after the holidays.
Does it promise quick fixes?
If whatever you’re thinking of trying offers dramatic weight loss in no time at all, you can be pretty sure that it’s a waste of money and potentially harmful. The human body is based on homeostasis (maintaining a sense of balance). It can change, and it does, but most of those changes occur over time. If you’ve been out of shape for five years, don’t expect to get back in shape in five weeks. You will probably end up with an injury and be forced to stop training.
Does it promise a panacea?
There are diets and exercise regimes that can help you improve your energy levels, lose weight and fit into your favourite jeans! But you have to put in the effort to make it work! If someone is selling a herbal supplement that will evaporate your fat and increase your happiness with no effort on your part you know that it’s a waste of time and money!
Does it fit your life, your budget, and is it realistic?
If it’s an exercise plan that requires 2 hours a day in the gym and you work full time, or a diet plan that uses lots of expensive ingredients and time consuming meal prep then it’s probably not realistic for you to start that regime. Would you be better resolving to add 2 or 3 half hour exercise sessions to your week and sticking to that rather than shelling out £500 for a gym membership and going twice?
Have a clear idea about what you want to ACHIEVE and then start an action plan
- What changes would you like to see in your life and why? It might be obvious to say “I’d like to be fitter” but if you take time to think about how being fitter would make your life better then you will feel much more motivated to stick at it long term.
- What steps can I take to achieve this? Being realistic think of some steps to achieve your goal and plan how you can implement them into your routine. For example if stress is an issue for you maybe you would like to schedule a massage once a month or incorporate a 10 minute meditation session into your morning routine? If you are struggling for time then it’s probably not realistic to plan an hour yoga every day.
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