The Reality of Resolutions


New Year’s resolutions - do they work? My belief is they do if they’re realistic and you stick to them. 

Over the years I’ve heard so many people say I need to get fit, this is the year I’m going to lose weight, lead a healthier lifestyle and so on, only to find out that come March the new motivation and desires have already become dormant. 

When setting your New Year’s fitness resolutions, be positive, proactive and mindful of what you really want to achieve because you know the hardest thing about getting fit is starting. Keeping fit is the easy part really. It’s all about consistency, mental toughness and the willpower to say no at times to negative influences. 

This New Year take an active approach to your wellbeing. Set realistic goals, cross train between gym classes, cardio equipment, resistance training, pool sessions and exercise in the great outdoors.

It is a fantastic feeling being fit and some of the great things include:

  •  being more alert
  •  having greater self-esteem 
  •  enjoying loads of energy
  •  having a greater sex drive
  •  and sleeping better. 

Not forgetting the additional benefits of having a healthier body and mind. 

I know health and fitness is not everybody’s cup of tea, but it should be, because once you’re fit your life and lifestyle choices become more positive and you’re the one that reaps the benefits.

About goal setting and sticking to it, last October I rode a bike for 24 hours non-stop to raise funds for my favourite charity, Perth’s Channel 7 Telethon. I covered 571km and raised $84,000 for children who are less fortunate than my own.

I’m not saying that everybody should do a massive challenge or run a marathon, but I think when it comes to goal setting it’s the same approach and mind-set and I broke it down like this:

  1. My goal – to ride 24 hours non-stop
  2. Training time-frame – 6 months
  3. Cut out all alcohol 5 months prior and create a supportive food plan
  4. Disassociate myself from negative people that will drain my energy and can’t see the bigger picture
  5. I set small weekly goals which I then built to major milestones. For the first few months of training, my weekly goal was to ride 100km per week. For the last three months, I upped the ante to the distance of 300kms that I needed to cover each week. Throughout this whole time I also factored in weekly cross training sessions that included core, weights, walking and swimming laps
  6. My major milestone dates were set well in advance and I completed 4, 6 and 12 hour non-stop sessions on the bike.

Once I was fully into my routine, I never missed a single session, totally understanding and believing in myself in what I had to do to succeed, all while still running my own business, staying married (just!) and coaching my sons’ soccer team. The reality of resolutions is that we need to put the same energy and effort into ourselves as we would to our work, family and social commitments to gain the best results.

Your health and fitness is a lifestyle choice. Until next time, 

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Important: This article is general advice only. For further advice or information on this topic, please consult your health professional.
Category: Fitness

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