Wednesday, January 18, 2023

As we approach the latter half of January, the fitness buzz is ecstatic. Everyone seems to be going to the gym, starting a diet or making other health conscious changes within their lifestyle. Unfortunately, for a lot of these people, these changes will be short lived.

Burnt out and likely demotivated, a lot of people will gradually dwindle away from their new year’s resolutions and slip back into their old ways and habits. So why is this and more importantly, what can we do to help combat this anti-climax. I hope to answer these questions below!  

Values and goal setting 

New year, new me. We tend to hear it every January, a lot of time – from the same people! So what can arise as a problem here? Are we setting ourselves up for failure? In my experience, yes. Instead, the focus should be to improve and develop. Not a complete remodelling of what makes you who you are, to be more specific – your authenticity. In terms of looking to improve yourself this January moving forward. Ask yourself, what exactly are you looking for. This could range from improving our health, our fitness, performance or even working on our discipline, self-esteem, and even confidence. Which all work in tandem if you ask me. Once you decide what it is exactly, that you really want for you. We are not looking to become someone else, or comparing ourselves to role models or celebrities we admire. Instead we must compare ourselves to who we were the day before. Are we one per cent better today than we were yesterday? If not, what can we do to change that? 

The simple pleasures 

Another sabotage people seem to set themselves up for in January, completely removing the things they enjoy in life. Whether that be a bar of chocolate with lunch, or a Chinese at the weekend. This, I would argue – sets one up for failure. To combat this, and what I would recommend to clients is the following. Which foods do you enjoy in particular within your diet? Let’s try to include them in your diet and start working on some healthy alternatives to replace those that we cannot. In most cases this helps hugely when it comes to remaining consistent with our diet. This is most notably down to a reduction in cravings, which is most problematic when it comes to triggering a period of binge eating. It works the same way with training. Let’s try to use methods we enjoy and look for ways to make exercise a pleasure and learn to embrace the fulfilment that comes with improving our physical fitness. 

Baby steps 

Starting small, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Learn to incorporate some small changes. Only look to progress these once you are holding these up consistently. Learn to fall in love with the process. Once we have some big goals set, they become a lot less relevant. This is due to the smaller goals we set ourselves each week that are there to take us closer to these bigger goals. When we start to enjoy the process and embrace the journey we are on, progress is inevitable in some shape or form! As the old saying goes… 

“The man who loves walking, will always walk further than the man who loves the destination.” 

 Lastly, I would also like to clarify that I am not a registered dietician. All advice disclosed here is simply advisory based on my qualifications as a fitness professional and personal experience and knowledge gained working with individuals and helping them reach their goals. The advice given is not designed to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health problem – nor is it intended to replace the advice of a physician. Always consult your physician or qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health. 

For any questions in relation to this topic or training, nutrition, etc. or for coaching inquiries simply message me on my business page on instagram  or by email [email protected] 

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By Cashel Hayden
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