Not giving up on your New Years Health and Fitness resolutions – Part 2 - It’s a question of time - Core Results

Not giving up on your New Years Health and Fitness resolutions – Part 2 – It’s a question of time

Following on from part 1, where we presented the dire statistics on how many people give up on their fitness goals before the end of January, we are going to look at the most common reasons why people give up on their New Year’s resolutions. Reason 1: Lack of Time.

This is actually probably THE most common reason for failure to even begin a fitness programme and the number one reason why people stop altogether, with work and family pressures being the main time constraints listed. Obviously both work and family are massively important, but your fitness and health (along with other benefits of exercise), is just as important.

There are 168 hours in a week. Most of us spend 40 to 60 hours a week at work and on average 56 hours a week sleeping. That leaves between 40 and 60 hours to do everything else. When broken down like this, ask yourself: Is it unrealistic to find at least 2 hours a week to dedicate to your health and fitness goals?

I am not referring to taking time out specifically to go to the gym. There are many ways of increasing your activity levels around the activities you already do. Could you walk, run or cycle to work? Could you walk up the stairs instead of taking the lift or escalator? Can you take the dog for a walk or do an activity with the children? What other activities that you currently carry out as part of your daily routine, could you tweak to increase your exercise levels?

People who cite work pressure tend to not give priority to the time they spend on looking after themselves. They take their gym kit with them to the office but always seem to find something more important to do before they go to the gym and end up not going at all.

I have been a personal trainer for 19 years, and I will say that the vast majority of my clients did not enlist my help just for my advice, expertise and experience. They realised that they needed a scheduled time in their diary that they had paid for, to make sure that they actually went to the gym. Now, I am not suggesting that the only way to do it is to book and pay for a personal trainer to make you get to the gym, but you do need to treat your exercise time like you would an appointment with the doctor or dentist. Put it in your diary, and stick to that schedule!

Another point to remember is that people who exercise on a regular basis have more energy and tend to be more efficient at work. Get to the gym, re-energise, clear your mind, de-stress and become more productive.

Something I always say to people who say they don’t have time to exercise – “If you can’t find time to exercise you are going to have to find time to be ill.”

At Core Results we appreciate that we work with busy people, and because of the way that we deliver our sessions we are able to offer ultimate flexibility. So not only do we make sure that you get your sessions in each week, you do not have to worry about last minute cancellations and lost sessions.

Book a free consultation with us to discuss how we can assist you to make time to exercise, schedule sessions in that fit with your routine, and help you achieve your fitness goals


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