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To Resolve or Not Resolve?? The Problem with New Years Resolutions

Its New Years Day and around the country people are sharing their new years resolutions.

Are you one of them?

There is no law that says you need to make new years resolutions, yet there is something about the hope and opportunity that a new year brings that makes it  natural to think about the year ahead and what you want it to be like, or should that be how you want it to be different for the year just past.

Its probably no surprise that the number one resolution is to lose weight/ get fitter, particular after the recent period of festive indulgence over Christmas.  Its probably also not a surprise that 92% of new year resolutions fail within the the first 6 weeks.    When you look at statistics like that it makes you wonder why you would bother with resolutions …. i mean why deliberately set yourself up for failure.

What is it about resolutions that makes them so hard to stick to?  Well, most resolutions that are about what people feel they should do and not so much about what they want to do.  They always seem to be around soothing you want to give up,  drinking, eating crap… the list goes on.  And of course the other reason they are difficult to achieve is that people go cold turkey, they go all out to and try to do too much too soon.  Then they quickly feel overwhelmed and soon he cracks begin to appear.

At The Body Retreat we prefer to work towards a goal.  Setting yourself a positive goal, one that you really want to achieve that is based on what you do want not what you don’t want.  From that goal you when focus on the positive behaviours that each day take you one step closer to achieving your goal.

So first thing is to set the goal.  Is it a positive one?  Identify what positive behaviours you will need to adopt to move towards this goal.  Now write it down… did you know that you are 61% more likely to active a goal that is written down?   Now every day make a concuss choice to adopt one of your new positive behaviours, when that starts to feel comfortable or easy to maintain then add another.  Each small set you take will take you closer to your goal.

If you feel the Nw Year would be compete without at least one little resolution or two then why not resolve to spend more time with you family, wear gorgeous matching underwear every day, raise money for charity or treat yourself to some R&R every month.  These might seem frivolous resolutions but in their own way they will encourage other positive behaviours to support them… and who knows where that might lead you.

Have a happy and healthy 2014.

Autumn Fitness Tips to beat Hibernations call!

Is a comfy seat in front of the TV calling your name this autumn?

The nights are starting to draw in, there is a slight but definite chill in the air, Autumn is here but it definitely feels like Winter is is on its way.

Autumn is a transitional time of year. The leaves on the trees change, it becomes darker earlier, and the temperatures cool down.  The kids settle back into school routine and the thought of settling down on the sofa in front of the TV seems a welcome change from those busy summer months.  It feels like time to hibernate.

But after being active during the long bright evenings are you afraid all your efforts to stay fit and healthy over the summer months will be lost?

Shorter days and lack of sunshine reduce our body’s production of serotonin, a hormone-like substance that promotes feelings of relaxation and happiness.

A natural reaction to this is that we start to eat more carbohydrates such as pasta, potatoes and rice that help to raise serotonin levels. With our bodies naturally craving starchier ‘comfort’ food, and the lure of the sofa in the evenings  it’s easy to pile on the pounds as the weather turns colder.

But autumn doesn’t have to mean adding inches to your waistline.

Below are our Top Autumn Fitness Tips. So no need to be tempted by the sofa’s hiberantion call!!

Head to the Hills and Trails

Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year for getting outside. Find some local parks or trails to walk, run or ride a bike and take in the view of changing leaves.

Turn Garden Jobs into a Workout

Autumnal colour on the trees is lovely, but when those chilly winds blow and they are all over your lawn, it feel like a different story.  BUT….Raking leaves or clearing the garden can burn around 150 calories every 30 minutes.

Exercise Early in the Day

Try to work out in the morning or during the day. Particularly when the clocks changing and it becoming darker earlier, it can feel as if it is later in the day than it really is. This can make people more tired than usual. Getting into a routine of working out early will guarantee the workout gets done and still allow time in the afternoons and evenings to relax.

Vary Activities

As the weather cools down and summer ends, it can become difficult to stay motivated.  This is the time of year when gyms and studios put on their winter timetable so its a great time to try a variety of different activities to help keep a fresh spin on exercise

Put The Kettle On

Drink more tea to warm up for the cooler temperatures. Green tea and black tea contain antioxidants that help ward off diseases so you can remain healthy and active as the season shifts into winter.

So whatever your goal, loosing weight or keeping fit and healthy there really is no excuse to be inactive this season.

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