Most people see a New Year as a new beginning and time of hopeful anticipation. The annual ritual of setting New Year’s resolutions is both fun and cleansing at the same time. If, however, you want to have a hope of still being able to stick to those resolutions throughout the year, you need to make them realistic.
Losing Weight and Getting Fit
These are resolutions that are especially popular when you find yourself popping out of your clothes after the festive season. And yes, you probably will be able to maintain your resolution to go to the gym for an hour a day – for about a week.
Sad fact is that exercise, for the uninitiated, is not all that much fun – it’s pretty difficult and those first few weeks are the hardest.
Ease into it
What you want to do is to ease into exercise – you also want to find some form of exercise that you enjoy. Don’t just look at the gym though, what about a friendly game of cricket or soccer?
Sports are a great way to keep your “Getting Fit” resolution and they tick all the boxes when it comes to the perfect exercise – they get you moving, you have fun and enjoy yourself, your team-mates are your “exercise buddies” – you’ll go so as not to let them down.
And, on top of all that, you get to socialise and get some great stress relief. These attributes all combine to make sports a sustainable form of exercise.
The beauty of indoor sports as well is that the weather or “I’m working during the day” are no longer excuses with much merit – you can find any number of indoor sporting arenas that are open until late at night and in all weather.
The beauty of these places is that they generally tend to run leagues within the different sports on offer and so you should always be able to find a game to join.
Start off Slowly
The trick with any sport, be it indoor soccer, netball or cricket, is to start off a little more slowly at first – you do not want to injure yourself and you certainly don’t want to suck all the fun out of playing.
Get yourself into friendly matches once or twice a week and then build yourself up until you can play on a more competitive level and watch your energy levels soar and stress levels go down.
Take this same kind of approach with your other resolutions – approach them step by step and make meeting them fun and, by the next New Years, you’ll have a whole new set of resolutions to follow, not just the same set of failed ones from the year before.