Find­ing new ways to stick to your res­o­lu­tions

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A NEW Year, a new round of res­o­lu­tions. Peo­ple around the world make prom­ises to them­selves on a yearly ba­sis, hop­ing the as­pi­ra­tionally clean slate of a fresh cal­en­dar will bring with it a new lease on life. One of the most pop­u­lar res­o­lu­tions is to do with im­prov­ing one’s health and fit­ness lev­els. While quit­ting smok­ing is a fairly com­mon res­o­lu­tion, get­ting into shape is some­thing that ev­ery­one can as­pire to. Be­ing fit and healthy brings an abun­dance of op­por­tu­nity and opens doors to new ac­tiv­i­ties. Stick­ing to a new res­o­lu­tion though, is where the true chal­lenge lies. Ac­tive Health Clubs’ Adam Wil­son man­ages a pop­u­lar gym and sees all sorts of peo­ple come through the doors. Each new year brings with it a batch of as­pi­ra­tional gym junkies with their hearts in the right place. Adam says if you’re go­ing to com­mit to get­ting healthy in 2016 “pick some­thing you enjoy ... this sounds ob­vi­ous, but it’s prob­a­bly the num­ber one rea­son guys don’t stick with their gym rou­tine – we pick some­thing we hate do­ing”. “The best ex­er­cise rou­tine isn’t go­ing to do any good if it doesn’t in­spire you to stick with it.” The best way to make sure you stick to your fit­ness res­o­lu­tion is to make a habit of it, he says. “A mis­take we make is try­ing to squeeze ex­er­cise into our sched­ules here and there. “Worse yet, you might only work out when the spirit moves you. “In­stead you need to make it a pre­dictable part of your sched­ule. You need to make it a rou­tine, a habit. Just try­ing to hap­haz­ardly fit it in where you can prob­a­bly wont work, since its al­ready a lower pri­or­ity than what you al­ready have planned. Re­mem­ber it takes 21 days to form a habit.” Make keep­ing that res­o­lu­tion eas­ier by find­ing an ac­count­abil­ity part­ner. “An ac­count­abil­ity part­ner is some­one you have to re­port to if you flake out on your ex­er­cise rou­tine. Hav­ing to call your brother ev­ery time you skip the gym isn’t by it­self go­ing to keep you on task, but it can pro­vide that lit­tle ex­tra bit of en­cour­age­ment you need to stick with it on days where your will is wan­ing. “Even bet­ter than an ac­count­abil­ity part­ner is a gym buddy. Find some­one who is into the same ex­er­cises as you, and shares your com­mit­ment to stay­ing healthy. “Hope­fully this per­son will be more mo­ti­vated than you. But if they’re not, don’t worry – you’d be sur­prised just how big a dif­fer­ence it can make in the long term. On days where he doesn’t want to go, you’ll keep him on point, and he’ll do the same for you.” So don’t let your gym mem­ber­ship or home equip­ment gather dust, take prac­ti­cal steps to com­mit your­self to goals this year.

Find a gym or ex­er­cise buddy to en­sure you stick to your fit­ness res­o­lu­tions.

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