Make your 2016 New Year’s resolution life-changing

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More than 85 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail, but let’s change that for 2016.

On the first day of the year countless people make New Year’s resolutions, so why is it that come February, so many of those resolutions have failed?

Over the New Year period many people resolve to better themselves, have a happier life and not surprisingly, to lose weight and exercise more.

And why not? It is an undeniable fact that by exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight, we are less prone to lifestyle diseases, depression and to just simply feel better about ourselves.

So despite the knowledge that health and exercise New Year’s resolutions are going to have an overwhelmingly positive impact on our daily lives, why is it that (according to a 2007 study of more than 3000 people conducted by the British psychologist Richard Wiseman at the University of Bristol) 88 percent of those who make New Year’s resolutions will fail. This is despite 52 percent of the participants feeling confident that they would succeed when they set their goal.

The study went further than just measuring success and failure. It also provided different participants with different advice to help them achieve their goals, and then tracked what advice contributed the most to success.

It is clear from this research that there are ways you can increase your success rate and finally make those health and exercise resolutions stick.

So as the New Year turns into February, what can you do to avoid being one of the 88 percent, and instead be successful with your health and exercise New Year resolutions through 2016?

By using a combination of the results from this study, and some advice from the experts, 2016 can be the year you get more physically active and healthier.

Set a timeline and plan
An exercise or fitness New Year’s resolution is not achieved in a single workout or even a month. To become a physically active and healthier is something you will contribute to on a weekly basis throughout the year.

Set goals
The secret to goal setting is to make sure the goal is a SMART one: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.

The more specific your goal is, the easier it is to track your progress and see how you are going. You aren’t going to go straight from the couch to a 5km run in one session, so it’s helpful to be able to see that while the results aren’t appearing instantly, you are making progress along the way.

Don’t go it alone
Want to really make it to those New Year’s goals? Enlist the help of an expert. Gone are the days of having to start exercising and hope for the best. In New Zealand we have some amazing personal trainers and exercise professionals who have the qualifications and attitude to make your workout more effective AND more fun.

Next step? Tell the world what you are hoping to achieve. Friends and family won’t laugh at your resolution, and they are more likely to become your ally and help you stay focused on your ‘off’ days.

Be positive
New Year’s health and exercise resolutions are not a one-time event. They are a goal that you work at throughout the year. Every time you make a wise food choice, or do a workout or exercise, you are contributing to your success, and a single stumble will not erase all your good work.

For more information on registered exercise professionals in New Zealand, visit www.reps.org.nz

Who is the NZ Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)?
REPs is an independent non-profit organisation administrating the New Zealand exercise professional’s register to ensure the public receives safe and effective exercise advice. Using REPs Registered Exercise Professionals is the “Warrant of Fitness Check” that exercise professionals and facilities meet New Zealand and internationally benchmarked standards to deliver exercise advice and instruction. REPs is affiliated globally to other national exercise professional registers representing more than 210,000 exercise professionals through the International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals (ICREPs) – www.icreps.org

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