How to Stick to Your Resolutions

Over a week has now passed since we welcomed the New Year, and some of our good intentions may be starting to fade away. But not to fear! I’ve come up with a few tips to help you stick with your resolutions for the long-haul.

1) No quick fixes. Focus on the bigger picture.

Don’t try to transform your entire life overnight. Cutting out every morsel of bad food, or going to an early morning fitness class every single day may not be the most sustainable solution, if it’s not at all what you’re used to. Not to mention, it will probably become a bit of a chore (psychology is essential with this stuff – you’re training your mind as much as your body).

Instead, implement smaller, more realistic changes, which you can maintain and adapt over the course of the year. For example, why not start with 3 gym classes per week, but also focus some attention on your nutrition? That way, you can adjust your schedule as necessary when your body feels ready. No absolute shocks to the system, and less risk of crashing and burning right away.

2) Write down your goals.

There’s plenty of evidence to show that those who write down their goals are much more likely to achieve them. The very act of writing something down makes it concrete; it’s like a confirmation of what you’re striving for, from yourself, to yourself.

You can even take it one step further and go public… Stick your goals onto a pinboard or attach them to the fridge. If it’s written down for you (and others) to see, it’ll keep you accountable, and also act as a much-needed reminder when you feel you’re about to go off track.

3) Get your pals involved.

Resolutions aren’t all that fun if we have to go at it alone. The prospect of trying something new can be daunting, so why not rope in a pal? (I say rope in like it’s a bad thing, but remember the whole idea is here is ‘self-improvement’… For everyone involved!)

With a buddy by your side, you’ll be able to push and encourage each other, and motivate each other to stay on track. Not to mention, everything is more fun with a teammate by your side!

New Year’s Resolutions

When the New Year comes around, we all jump at the opportunity to make ourselves a better person. As basic as these are, I thought I’d share my resolutions with you, just in case you’re struggling to come up with some for yourself.

1) Stress Less:

Despite generally being a very positive person, I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself, because I’m also an undeniable perfectionist. This year, I’m challenging myself to seek out the good aspects in those situations where things haven’t gone quite to plan. The reality is, life is pretty damn great, and there are a whole load of things to be thankful for, always.

2) Sleep More:

This leads on from my last point, because for me (and most of us) lack of sleep is directly related to stress. In fact, even the thought of too little sleep stresses me out! As a Personal Trainer, my hours are pretty antisocial… 5am wake-ups aren’t ideal for your sleep pattern. However, better organisation will mean that I can get to bed earlier and catch those much-needed zzzs.

3) Minimise on Procrastination:

We’re all guilty of it, but I really am a first class procrastinator. When I have a to-do list as long as my arm, I’m too good at passing the time doing something arbitrary, as opposed to focusing on the task at hand. I could save a hell of a lot of time (and unnecessary stress) by getting it done straight away.

4) Make Time for People:

Living life at 1000 miles per hour means I all too often neglect spending time with those closest to me. So this year, I’m determined to spend more quality time with my loved ones. It’s all very well living out here in Dubai, but you’ve got to get out there and indulge yourself in all the city has to offer, if you want to make the most of your experience.

5) Content:

Last but certainly not least… Content, content, content. A blog without content really isn’t a blog at all, and I’ve been really slacking of late due to work commitments. So January is the month to get back on it, and hit you with some interesting info! Stay tuned…

My Top Tips for Staying on Track This Year

With January over, you’ve probably already forgotten the resolutions you promised to keep whilst welcoming in the New Year. I’ve come up with some handy everyday tips, to help keep you on track in reaching your health and fitness goals.

Walk More: Walking is such a great calorie burner, and it’s also an amazing way to have some ‘you’ time. I walk 35 minutes into (and home from) university everyday, and I always look forward to it, because I use this time to unwind and organise my thoughts.

Be More Organised: Organisation really is the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This may involve weekly meal prep, or planning your workout before you get to the gym (which you should always do). I start every day with a to do list, so by the end of the day, I feel a sense of accomplishment in what I have achieved.

Set Small, Realistic Goals: If you aim to lose ten pounds in a week, you’ll be disappointed when you don’t reach your goal. The trick to maintaining motivation is to set yourself small, achievable daily or weekly targets. These may include things such as being active in some way for an hour a every day (consider walking, as I mentioned earlier), or completing three high-intensity workouts in a week.

Don’t Beat Yourself Up Over The Small Stuff: There are some days when nothing seems possible. You’re swamped with work, and your to do list is endless. How on earth are you going to find time to go to the gym? The truth is, no one’s schedule is perfect all of the time. There will be days when you simply can’t make it to the gym, and days when you aren’t feeling it. But that’s okay, just remember not to let this become a habit. If you eat something naughty, don’t adopt the mindset ‘I’ll start again tomorrow’. Start again from your next meal. If you miss a workout, make up for it another day later in the week.

Track Your Progress: This is another way to get the positive vibes flowing. It’s easy to forget how far you’ve come, so progress pictures are an amazing way of reminding yourself. You can also keep a journal, and if you feel like you may revert back to old ways, have a read through it and remember what you’ve achieved so far.

Change Up Your Workout Routine: It’s not always fun to go for a run on your own, or complete a HIIT workout at home that you found on YouTube. Don’t allow yourself to get stuck into the same exercise routine week in week out, because this will lead you to lose motivation (not to mention that change is necessary if you want to progress). Why not team up with a friend and try a new class at your gym?

I hope you find these few tips helpful! Here’s to a fabulous 2016.