It seems safe to say that many of us are guilty of not sticking to our New Years Resolutions. In fact, research demonstrates that by the end of the first week in January, 77% of people will have already given up. A common New Years Resolution is to get fitter and healthier but even then, roughly 50% of people who start an exercise program will have given up before reaching the 6-month mark.
With getting fitter, healthier, and losing weight being the three most popular resolutions, surely there is some way of achieving and maintaining these goals. Taking action towards achieving a fitness goal can have huge positive benefits on the quality of our lives so we’d be mad not to at least try! One of our Physios, Sam has suggested some key points as to what we can do to make sticking to those goals easier.
1. Understand the true benefits of staying active – recommendations by the World Health Organization states that adults should aim for 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. This can seem a lot however broken down that’s only 30 minutes 5 days a week. The research shows the benefits of this are massive, including lower rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, and depression as well as maintaining a healthy weight and fitness level. Now, who wouldn’t want to benefit in this way?
2. Exercising with other people helps – one way to help you stay on track with your exercise is to do it with other people. The social benefit of exercising can often be a huge driver and makes it much easier to stick to over a long period of time. Group exercise is often great fun and the instructors and other group members are there to support you. It can be common for people to feel anxious when starting a class with other people but why not take a leap of faith this New Year as you’ll be much more likely to stick to it than if you’re doing it alone.
3. It gets easier the longer you stick to it! – the hardest part is sticking to a lifestyle change early on. Reminding ourselves that it’s only going to get easier is a great help. As with anything, the first few times feel like an effort, but soon it becomes part of your weekly routine, such as doing the weekly shop or putting the washing in. The more you persist, the easier it will get to start moving, plus you will undoubtedly feel FANTASTIC!
And, you are not alone! We can help and support you along your journey and get you into that routine quicker than you could have imagined. How? With our fantastic exercise classes or 1:1 support with expert clinicians. Whether it be Strength and Conditioning or Pilates, you’ll be looking forward to your exercise class and driven to improve your health and fitness with our support and guidance.