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At this time of year, we may have resolutions, and every good intention of carrying them out. We might want to burn off the Christmas and New Year excesses, and so we read about how to get lean, ‘shredded’, and reveal our ‘6 packs’ ready for the holiday season. I really don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, but some of these articles give pretty unrealistic expectations about both how to do it, as well as how long it’s going to take.

From my previous Blogs you’ll see that I’m an advocate for consistency, and I know from personal experience that it takes time, commitment and motivation to see any meaningful and long lasting results….. in anything in life, not just health and fitness. But that can seem really boring when work is back to break neck speed in January, and all you really want is an ‘off the shelf’ quick fix solution. But when our heads are on straight, we all know that most quick fix solutions talk a really good fight, and yet they deliver effects that last no longer than a bluebell in spring – more importantly, they’re not always great for our health.

My advice, at this time of the year, is the same as at any other time – get to understand your ‘What’, ‘Why’ and ‘How’ – it’s exactly the same principle as thinking through the delivery of a work project, or a home improvement. Think of what you want/need to achieve; really understand why you want to do it, and then decide how to make it happen. Give it a level of importance, allocate a priority, and that will help to mitigate the inevitable ‘road blocks’ along the way.

In my next article, I’m going to look at some strategies to help prevent the sort of disillusionment that can cause us to quit our goals before we’ve seen the results we are capable of.

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