Taking the first step is often the hardest, so making an action plan will give direction
I always love the start of a new year - it's a time when we are full of hope and feeling extremely motivated.
In the fitness industry, I always find on the top of most people's list for the new year is to get healthy, fit and to have a better quality of life.
Taking the first step is often the hardest, so making an action plan will give you direction.
Write your measurements and health goals down and make them specific, measurable, achievable, results - focused and time bound.
For example, if you are new to running, don't pick finishing a marathon in 2017 as your first goal.
Start with a learn-to run program and start to build your running challenges as you achieve each gaol - that way you feel motivated by your results.
Reward yourself as you accomplish your gaols by buying a new workout outfit or getting a massage, but pre-set the reward so you have something to work for.
The more people on your team the better your changes are to succeed, so join a fitness group, come to my studio, get some personal training, find your self a training buddy.
Boredom is one of the biggest reasons for resolution failure, so whenever you find yourself losing momentum, change it up and try something new to keep you motivated and challenged. Come and chat to me how you are feeling and together we can make a new plan to keep you motivated.
Work out how often you can train and for how long and put it in your diary, that way you are making it an appointment that can not be broken. Making time for yourself is just as important as making time for all the other people in your life. If you are feeling strong, fit and motivated, you will be able to give the best to everyone else.
Above all, don't be afraid to alter and re-evaluate your gaols over the next 12 months - nothing is concrete. If you thought you wanted to get fit by running and you find that you hate pounding the pavement, don't give on getting fit - try something new.
Remember that here at Shelley Myatt fitness and well-being we are a community and we are all here to support each other to achieve out 2017 goals no matter how big, small, difficult or overwhelming they may seem.
If we do not take the steps to challenge ourselves, then nothing will change.
Shelley Myatt is the owner and operator of Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-Being, Columnist, Life Coach & Motivational Speaker based in Toowoomba, Qld.