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DON'T DO IT! (Make Health and Fitness Resolutions) - Fit Training Blog for Women 40, 50 and Beyo


As a fitness professional, I cringe every time I hear someone say that they are making a New Year’s resolution to exercise, lose weight, or simply become more active.

At 12:59 pm on December 31st it’s easy to shout “This year I will meet my fitness goals!”, “This year I will finally lose that weight!” “This year I will fit into my skinny jeans!” Listen closely at the New Year’s Eve party, and you’ll hear this familiar battle cry.

According to a survey of over 300,000 thousand people carried out by 10MillionResolutions.com, to 'Lose Weight and Gain Better Physical Shape' is the number one New Year’s resolution made each year.

However statistics show that somewhere in the vicinity of 97% of New Year's resolutions will be discarded; 45% ending in January.

Here's how NOT to be a statistic:

  1. Try on a different perspective. Before you start an exercise program, adjust your attitude about it. Leave the “work” out of "workout", and think about exercise as a healthy break in your day, a chance to improve your life immediately, and enjoy precious moments to give your mind a rest.

  1. Plan for inevitable interruptions. My clients know I approach fitness as a lifestyle, and remind them that some days just don’t go as planned. Having alternate options for the snow days, the out of town or vacation days and overtime days is critical to staying on your fit and trim path.

  1. Maintain consistency – This is the single biggest key to succeeding. Use your calendar, and schedule your activity and don’t cancel on yourself. You are the most important person in your life. If you can only find 10 minutes in your day, make it sacred time. It all adds up! Staying consistent is also about remaining flexible to sneak in bouts of activity when you can throughout your week.


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