Extending the Life of your New Years Resolutions

This time of year we are seeing everyone jumping on the New Years Resolution bandwagon. The new year usually brings plans to exercise more, eat better and have more balance in your life. However, a study out of the University of Scranton which was published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology in December 2015 has found only 8% of people are likely to be successful with their New Years Resolutions and only 46% of people make it past the 6 month mark.

There are certain things you can do so that when the end of 2016 rolls around you can hold your glass of champagne up high and celebrate your successes.

  • Focus on one thing at a time so you don't overwhelm yourself and turn away think it's all too hard.
  • Be specific about your goals. Rather than "I'm going to loose some weight this year", reword it "I'm going to loose 5kg by Easter"
  • Focus on actionable behaviours rather than outcomes. You are much more likely to stick to things by seeing the progress of walking three times per week rather than feeling like you are slogging it out all the time and not seeing a change on the number of the scales
  • Measure your progress: make use of technology and track your steps, workouts, sleep and food habits. Waist circumference measures are also sometimes a better indicator of a change in your body composition over your weight.
  • Be Accountable to someone. Whether it's a friend, family, partner or a professional. Having someone else you have to answer to improves your chances of success and keeps you on the right track.
  • Take small, realistic and achievable steps

This time of year we always see a spike in the number of gym memberships, personal training sessions and people to group exercise classes. Working with an Exercise Physiologist to help achieve these new years resolutions can put you ahead of the curve. A few reasons why an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) should be your Personal Trainer:

  • Qualifications: AEP's are university qualified allied health professionals. They have to complete a minimum of a 4 year university degree as well as 500 clinical practical hours. AEPs are equipped to work with people wanting to improve their general health and fitness, but where we really excel is working with people who have chronic and complex health conditions and injuries. 
  • Individualised Programs: a one size fits all model that unfortunately a lot of the fitness industry adopts doesn't work. An exercise program or lifestyle changes need to be tailored to your individual circumstances and goals for your health for you to see real results. 
  • Level of Experience: AEP's undertake 500hours of clinical placement in real world settings such as private practice and hospitals before they graduate and even enter the work force. On top of this to hold accreditation each year, we have to complete continuing education. Many AEPs are like me and love to learn and be engulfed by the science of how the body works. All of these skills we use each day working with clients with a range of health issues or just getting the best results for a client. 
  • Safety: AEP's extensive knowledge of anatomy and how the body works lay the foundation for a safe workout. Being able to complete exercises with good technique and correctly is important for laying an injury free foundation. Due to the extensive knowledge of a range of health conditions we are aware of the upper limits for certain people with different fitness and health statuses and work within safe ranges.

Start the New Year off right and have a positive experience with exercise. You are more likely to tick off your health and fitness goals with a positive experience and be on the road to better health. Talk to us today about starting your program with an Exercise Physiologist.