It should come as no surprise that January is a prime month for people to sign up at the gym, or for fitness classes, and make a commitment to eat healthier food. The New Year feels like a clean slate, and many jump into the exercise pool with enthusiasm, only for that initial energy to wane after a short time.
There is no point in making changes to your lifestyle so drastic that you can’t possibly maintain them in the long term. Going from a normal eating pattern to a ridiculously restricted diet and unrealistic fitness goals will fail and leave you frustrated.
If you truly want to make a long-term difference in your habits, your best bet is to consider one of the many professional gyms, trainers, consultants, spas and nutrition companies featured in the pages to follow. They are in the business of fitness and health, and can help customize a plan for you to follow and enjoy.
You need to work at exercise, but it doesn’t have to be all work and no play. There are so many options available these days that are fun and burn the calories without being tedious and boring. There are pole dancing classes, barre workouts and group or team sports that will motivate you to continue moving towards your goal.
Even if you are on a tight budget, remember that we are lucky enough to have great temperatures perfect for exercising outdoors all year round. Get on your bicycle and ride on the blessedly flat terrain, go for a walk or a jog along the beach, or get on your swim gear and go swimming or stand-up paddleboarding.
In the end all you need is the willpower, a great support system and some professional know-how on your side. Don’t forget to consult a doctor before you start any program, and may all your fitness goals become a reality in 2014!