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Wilmslow Personal Trainer | How To Keep New Years Resolutions

01 Jan

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

I do sincerely hope you all had a wonderful break from the stress and strains of life and managed to relax over the past few weeks. Now its time to put down the box of chocolates your Gran got you and say Goodbye to the mince pies for another year and get yourself back into the gym and on rack with your New Years resolutions.

New Years resolutions are something we all do each year, whether we like to admit it or not, and from what I gather we almost always never stick to them.

Well in this post I’m going to show you ways that you can stick it out and keep your New Years Resolutions and not go through another year of being a disappointment, who can’t follow through on some easy goals.



Rule 1  – Don’t go crazy with your list

This is by far the most important one on the list, and something that I have been and still am guilty of doing. I know the feeling, it’s the New Year, you want to right all the wrongs in your life, so you put everything down on a list that you hate about your life – your weight, your relationship, your job, your house, and 2013 is going to be the year that it all changes. The only problem with that awesome philosophy is that … it’s probably not going to happen.

We need to take a bit more of a realistic approach with this – you’re not superman/woman.

Taking on everything at once might work well if you’re a superhero but being a mere mortal like the rest of us means that you’re setting yourself up for massive disappointment. Which is why you should just pick one from your list of goals a put all your focus and energy on that until its done. Preferably prioritize the list too so that ‘take the dog for more walks’ doesn’t come before ‘getting my body into an incredible shape and eating healthier’. – na’ mean ?




Rule 2 – Don’t let other people put you off from doing what you want

I was watching the ‘Pursuit of Happiness’ whilst sat around with the Family and a scene came on when Will Smith was talking to his son about what he wanted to do when he grew up, his son said “a Basketball Player”, Will said “don’t be stupid”, then looks on into the distance as if he was having a quite word with himself, then continues to say “don’t listen to me, what do I know”– This is more or less what went on in the film, obviously I don’t want to write it word for word and ruin it for you, but you catch my drift.

Anyway the point is, no matter what you do in life and what goals you want to achieve, somebody somewhere will always try and put you down- so don’t let them do it.

Will says it better in the clip below




Rule 3 – Stick at it and set yourself benchmarks

Over estimating a goal and setting an unrealistic deadline will ruin your confidence at reaching it. Setting yourself a goal like ‘ lose 5 kg in four weeks’ and then ultimately never hitting that target in the given time will make you feel like its all useless and there isno point in carrying on. Instead why don’t you set some small, realistic targets along the way?  For example – lose 2 pounds each week, until eventually over the course of a few months you reach your goal.


Rule 4 – Get some help or a friend to do it with you

Going it alone might be good for Batman, but when it comes to New Years Resolutions most of us could use the help of a trusty sidekick like Robin – or if you live in reality somebody like a Personal Trainer/ friend to take the journey with us.

Think of all the good partnerships in time and you can see they did better when there was someone beside them going through the tough times too:


  • Batman and Robin
  • Torvil and Dean
  • The Two Ronnies
  • PJ and Duncan (Ant and Dec for anyone below the age of 21)
  • Richard and Judy
  • Morecambe and Wise

Having someone with you to be the voice of reason that you know you should listen to is something that I needed over the holidays. I know I should do a workout regardless of the fact that its  ‘my time off’ but something in the back of my head tells me to sit back and relax and kick back into gear come the 1st of Jan. Luckily for me my girlfriend is as crazy about staying fit as I am and she was my voice of reason/aggression, who helped me through some horrible workouts.


Here is one we did without any equipment and in the comfort of our own home.


100 Push Ups

100 Squats

100 Swan Dive Push Ups

100 V Sits

100 Partner Bent Over Rows


I did all consecutively and as many as I could before I had to rest. – It made for quite a tough workout.


What are your New Years Resolutions?



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