How many times have you set the same old resolutions on 1st January to lose weight and get fit? And how many times have you started with epic
enthusiasm, only to give up after a couple of months or not even start at all?
If that sounds like you, then luckily you’re not alone. A recent study suggests
that losing weight and getting fit were the top two New Year’s Resolutions
made by 48% and 41% of people respectively, but that 6 out of 10 failed to
stick to the resolutions they made.
If you really want to make some fitness resolutions that last this January, here
are some pointers:

1) Size matters
Let’s face it. If a goal is too big and too ambitious, you haven’t got a chance in hell
of getting there. You need a process before you can even think about reaching
the end result. The only way to actually reach your big goals is to break them
down into smaller chunks. For example, if it’s your goal to run a 10k, don’t set
out on a 10k route on day 1. Instead, aim to run smaller distances, increasing
week by week until you reach your goal. When you hit these micro milestones,
you’ll feel motivated and this sense of achievement will give you the
motivation to continue working towards your main goal.

2) Eat your way to success
You are what you eat. A big reason that people give up on their resolutions is
because they’re not seeing the results they want. They might be training a few
times a week but not seeing the weight loss or muscle gain they were hoping
for. Assuming that they are training in the right way, then this is usually
because they haven’t adjusted their diet. Keep the ratio of 80/20 in mind, so
80% of weight loss will come from diet and 20% from exercise. Weight loss, for
example, isn’t about not eating, it’s about eating the right things.

3) Don’t stress to impress
Who doesn’t like to impress their friends and colleagues with tales of how
many sessions they’ve put in that week? The reality is that, although exercising
every day might be manageable for a week or even a month, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to maintain it in the long term. Opt instead for something
realistic, setting a goal of working out three times a week. It’s got to be the
right lifestyle change for you, not for the people around you - keep that for the
show offs.

4) Define your ‘why’
Why the hell are you chasing this resolution if it’s going to be so damn difficult?
You’ve got to really want something to be prepared to put the work in.
Consider writing a list of your motivations and rank them according to which is
the most important to you. This way, you can not only set a clearer path to
achieving your goals, but you might even learn a bit about yourself.

Let's recap:
By keeping your goals manageable, realistic and comprehensive, you can
increase the likelihood of actually achieving your goals. Everyone’s resolutions
are different and it’s important to make yours appropriate for you and your
lifestyle. The new year is the perfect time to make positive lifestyle changes,
but these shouldn’t be transient. Burnt Fit isn’t about temporary solutions, it’s
about lasting changes.

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