New Year’s Resolutions for 2012

New Years Resolutions for 2012Happy New Year!

2011 has been a wonderful active year with many changes and accomplishments. I sincerely hope everyone’s health and fitness has improved from hard work done exercising and always striving to make the right choices while eating during the past year.

With consistent attention on your health over the year to come, I guarantee you that clear and positive results will occur. I myself have seen amazing and obvious change in the health and performance of my clients, friends and family who have focused on their goals of staying healthy and active for the year.

So with the New Year come New Years resolutions. We are all wondering about what our goals are and what we want to change in this coming year.

So what are your New Years resolutions?

If you have a resolution that involves improving yourself in some way physically or mentally, now is the time to start putting it into practice.

There are many New Years resolutions that everyone has on the list – to read more, to travel more, to spend more time with your family, to run more, etc. On the fitness and health side I have heard many resolutions, some of which are fairly easy and others are a bit far fetched.

I heard someone say that they are going to go a whole year with out a drop of alcohol, which would be quite the challenge! This is the problem many people make with resolutions, they set themselves up for failure and they overshoot. While ambitious, this goal may not be realistic, which may result in this individual failing to stick to such a task, losing motivation and in the end forgetting it all together till next year when its time to try again.

It is certainly not necessary to completely eliminate alcohol entirely. Moderation is important when drinking alcohol. Rather, I would suggest to make the commitment to a certain number of drinks per week and over the year, slowly reduce the quota.

It doesn’t need to be so extreme and unrealistic, remember it is better to do a few things well over a long time, rather than everything great for a short time.

Some examples of goals to set for yourself for the year 2012:

  • 1. Never go a week without exercise.
  • 2. Join a fitness group or sport group – rugby team, cycling group, soccer team.
  • 3. Drink only twice a week.
  • 4. Limit large calorie meals such as pizza, pasta, and chocolate cake to once or twice a week.
  • 5. Join a local gym and schedule three times a week to go.
  • 6. Participate in at least one fitness event for the year such as a charity run or other community event.
  • 7. Run or go for a hike in the great outdoors once a week.

I welcome you to change or add to this list and even come up with ideas of your own.

I hope this is a great place to start for challenging yourself for the year 2012. We all have a great year of progress ahead of us so lets get started!

2 Comments for “New Year’s Resolutions for 2012”

  1. Cheers Jason!
    2012 is going to be a great year!

    Have a good one bud.
    I will be posting another New Year article so stay tuned.


  2. Nice one John. My resolution last year was to stop drinking for the whole year and failed by about January 5th so this year much more realistic and only drink on special occasions.
    My fitness goal for the year is to climb a mountain with my dodgy leg!

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