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How to Avoid New Year Fitness Blunders! Have you promised yourself this year will be different and you will stick to your exercise resolution? Here are some great tips for you from the friendly experts at Shefford Osteopathic Clinic.

I certainly overindulge over the festive season and I don’t regret it! Enjoying life is important. I don't regret the extra slice of cake; however my trousers are feeling a little tighter so it’s time for my New Year exercise resolution!

The gyms and exercise classes of Shefford are going to be packed for the next few weeks until most of us settle down and get back to our normal routine.

Have you promised yourself this year will be different and you will stick to your exercise resolution? Here are some great tips for you…

5 tips to stick to your fitness goals:

1)     Do something you enjoy! It’s that simple. If you don’t look forward to it you really won’t keep it up!

2)     Involve others. Start something with a friend or family member - you will support each other and keep each other motivated (hopefully!).

3)      Set goals! Be specific don’t just say I’m going to get fit have a SMART target! Make it Specific, Measurable, Timed and most important: Achievable and Realistic

4)     Don’t worry if you slip up! It’s ok to miss a few days but don’t let that put you off. Stopping exercising because you miss a session or two is comparable to slashing your other three tyres because you have a puncture. Instead, simply take a rest and start fresh when you feel ready. 

5)      Ask for help! That can be from a fitness professional or even the support of friends and family, they may surprise you and want to join in once they see your results.

 

Remember - make small changes as any dramatic change is unsustainable long term. Simply make consistently healthier small swaps and changes and they will mount up. This can be walking every day or taking the stairs instead of a lift. Food can be easily swapped for healthier options and you will notice results without making yourself miserable. It’s certainly ok to have a treat every now and then, as long as the majority of the time you eat sensibly and exercise a little more.

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