The gym at this time of year is... crazy. I had to queue for a treadmill last week which is utter madness. In December it was a ghost town, now it’s a bloody zoo. But, we all add to the problem, don’t we? We’re annoyingly good at making big, bold New Year’s resolutions, starting the year at 100mph, then getting a fortnight into it and realising we’ve lost momentum.
Whether it’s less sugar, less shopping, or more time in the gym, resolutions are all too easy to break. But if you change your mindset and stop thinking of them as resolutions (instead, they’re better lifestyle choices), you’re gonna be the one busting your way into February — and then into rest of the year — like a boss. Here’s how not to let it all fall apart in Feb…
Find a workout you love
The best way to keep up the good work? Fall in love with a workout and you’ll never want to let it go. If you hate running, don’t run. Wince at spinning? Why spin. Whether it’s kickboxing, yoga, Zumba, swimming or sprint intervals, find an exercise you love and the endorphins will keep you coming back for more…
Don’t burn yourself out
An important one: don’t burn out. If you hit it too hard in January, you’re never going to be able to keep up momentum through the year. Not just that, but injuries come from going all out too soon… Pace yourself. Yes, it’s great to get moving more but if you insist on hitting the gym every single day in January, you’re going to be too knackered to ever go by the time February rolls around. Plan a schedule that’s maintainable.
Incorporate fitness into your lifestyle
We all make extra effort and time for the gym in January because, well, it’s the norm, but instead of letting your good intentions slip away when there’s a dinner/ party/ lie-in to enjoy instead, try to start making fitness slot into your usual lifestyle. You have to get to work somehow so why not run there? Or cycle? See your friends every Tuesday? Find a class to go to together…
Rethink your lunch break
...And on that note, rethink your lunch break. Everyone is entitled to one so put it to good use. Squeeze in a 5km, walk the block, go for a swim, hit a 30-minute class with a collegue. You’ll feel more energised through the afternoon, PLUS you’ll be buzzing with self pride.