Resolutions - Are They Actually Helpful?

Resolutions; they happen every year, and with good reason - the New Year is the perfect time for a fresh start and to think about your goals for the year ahead, but is there actually any point?

Nearly everyone will make some kind of goal for themselves, be it to lose weight, go for a promotion or start reading more, but can they actually help you to reach your goals? Answers for this question are mixed and of course it depends on the individual as some are motivated by targets, whereas some are more motivated by extrinsic factors such as money and pressures from peers.

A huge number of us will 'fail' our resolutions by February, but this is often more down to the target itself rather than a personal failure. Resolutions should be realistic - if you currently do no exercise then saying you are going to go to the gym every day is setting yourself up for a failure. The key is to set goals based on you as an individual, and not just what everyone else is doing.

Fitness is often what most New Year's Resolutions are centred around, so I have come up with some top tips for making (and sticking to) a good resolution for 2020:

  • Get a Personal Trainer, but ONLY if you can afford it. If you can only afford 2 weeks of PT, then consider other options, as you want to create a long term regular habit to gain any benefit from it. If you are in a position to have a trainer on a regular basis, it is the best way to ensure you reach your goals in the safest and most healthy way possible.

  • Consider signing up to Online PT, or another subscription based programming aid. If you aren't able to afford one to one Personal Training, this is a great option to keep you accountable. If you are paying for a service and have a virtual PT, you'll be far more likely to stick to your program, and you'll be constantly motivated by your trainer.

  • Choose something you enjoy - a goal to run everyday is unrealistic for someone who hates running!

  • Tell your friends and your family what your goal is. If you are giving up alcohol for example, it will make your life much easier if everyone understands what you're doing and why, and avoids constant questioning and pressure to give up.

  • Break it down. This is especially helpful for gym based goals. For example, if your goal is to squat 100kg in 2020, you'll need to break it down and have smaller, more attainable goals such as increasing your squat by 5kg a month. This will make the end goal more within reach and therefore encourage you more.

  • Don't give up! Easier said than done, but keep pushing towards keeping your resolution even when progress halts or goes backwards. Weight loss progress is never linear and both ups and downs are to be expected.

These tips won't guarantee your success, but by choosing wisely and taking every action possible, you can give yourself a much better chance at succeeding. New Year's Resolutions aren't for everyone, but I'd encourage you to set yourself some manageable goals for the year if you can.

They of course don't have to be health and fitness related, but if they are, Sterling Fitness would be more than happy to help you reach your full potential in any way that we can. Our one to one training and Online Personal Training can help you build confidence and improve you mental and physical health, so get in touch for more details to kickstart your 2020!

Only thing left to say, is a very Happy New Year!

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