The Personalised Gift Shop helps you sort your New Year resolutions
It's easy to feel geared up for a successful year when we get to the end of the one we're in. Especially after a hectic month of rushing around buying gifts, eating every type of buffet food known to man and drinking far too much.
To start with, the idea of a new year resolution preventing the consumption of anything sweet and filling seems like a blessing after all our over-indulging during the festive season.
But, if you're like us, it doesn't take long before the dreams of chocolate and wine start creeping back into our minds and before we know it, our resolutions are a distant memory.
Well, rather than make these new year rules for yourself in the wake of a diabolical binge (because of course, you need to get rid of the Christmas food - it's not going to eat itself is it!) why not make them before the binge begins.
Yes, that's right, get the resolutions made now!
1. Make fitness goals for yourself
We're prepared to bet that pretty much everyone has plans to lose a pound or two after Christmas.
So take the time now to realistically ask yourself what you think you would like to achieve when January comes around.
If you wait until you feel fed up of all the Christmas food you'll end up making unachievable goals for yourself, and that's just going to lead to disappointment!
Write down measurable goals, for example how far you want to run, how long you want to cycle for or how many sit ups you want to get to. If you've got a number to go for it makes every step of progress feel worthwhile!
Don't forget to display these goals somewhere prominent (like the fridge door) so you will constantly be reminded of them. If you took the time to write them down they must be important to you, so don't let these important notes fade from your memory!
2. Pick a sport or exercise you will actually enjoy
It's no good picking running for your new year fitness resolution if you know you hate it with a passion!
Just because it is a popular way to keep healthy, it doesn't mean running is for everyone.
Besides, forcing yourself to do something you have never enjoyed in your entire life is not going to bode well for the future - by the third run you're scheduled to do you will be cursing the day you decided to take it up and the only running you will be doing is toward the fridge and the sofa!
Instead, think carefully about things that you really enjoy. Yoga is a great way to tone up in a relaxing environment, and is also known to have benefits on your ability to focus.
A recent study found that 20 minutes of yoga boosts your memory and brain function better than if you ran on a treadmill for the same amount of time - that's a bonus prize for your exercise efforts!
3. Don't ban your favourite treats
Putting a blanket ban on chocolate, crisps, biscuits and treats is bound to set you up for a massive fall.
You're much more likely to ditch the new year routine altogether if you've had a bad day at work and you've banned yourself from having even a single chocolate to cheer you up!
We all have days where we need to treat ourselves, you just need to do it in moderation!
Set yourself a reward, so if you've done well you can let yourself have your favourite meal or a chocolate.
All you have to do is keep track of your treats so that you don't overdo it - the occasional treat is perfectly acceptable!
4. Get a friend or family member involved
By getting someone to embark on a fitness journey we find we are much more likely to succeed.
For one thing you've got a shoulder to lean on if times get tough, so when the chocolate is calling you can both tell each other it's really not worth it!
Exercising together is great fun too, and opens up the possibilities of playing fun sports such as badminton, squash or tennis. It also makes you more committed to getting out there and exercising if you are going to let someone down by not going!
Aerobics, cross training and fun classes are perfect to get motivated alongside loads of other people, many of whom are probably in the same boat as you!
5. Tell people about it
By sharing your exercise achievements and goals, you're committing to achieving them and improving, because let's face it, we don't want to admit we've given up!
We're not saying you should achieve your fitness goals just to keep up appearances (you should always make these goals for yourself)! But when times get tough, it can make all the difference knowing your friend is rooting for you.
Being honest with friends when you're lacking motivation can also be just the thing to get you back on track - encouraging words from friends can work wonders when you feel like skipping that 20-minute jog or fitness class!
What's more, you could even inspire someone else to begin exercising too!
So what are you waiting for, grab a pen and get jotting down your new year fitness resolutions! Good luck from everyone at The Personalised Gift Shop!