Nobody needs a new year to start a fresh or to set some goals, but let’s face it, the second that clock strikes midnight, most people will have made theirs, so we may as well take advantage of this time of year and set some ourselves.

Our motivation is at its highest in the New Year, we will have had time to reflect on the past year and decide it’s time to change things.

I can almost guarantee that most people will have a fitness / weight loss goal in mind and that’s absolutely great. There is nothing more important than our health.

The problem is so many people will jump straight in the deep end and by March they will have given up – so here’s my top tips to reaching your fitness goals.

Decide what it is you want and write it down

I actually write my goals down every Sunday, that way I’m constantly reminding myself of what I’mworking towards.

Split your goals down to short, medium and long term that way you can see what you’re working towards now as well as the bigger picture.

Create healthy habits

Create healthy habits that are maintainable for you! Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing, this is your journey.

Don’t follow fad diets create something you can stick with. Remember you’re getting fit for life, not just a few weeks!

You could buy some weights and exercise equipment for your home or start the gym or maybe take up running.  Just go for it!

Try something new

Starting new things can feel really intimidating, but that’s only because your pushing out of your comfort zone, which means you’re growing.

You’re also likely to find new friends with the same interests as you which will really help keep you motivated, remember even the people who are experts were once beginners.

If you don’t know what you’re doing, seek advice especially in the gym, that’s what the trainers are there for.

Meal Prep

Finally my advice to you is to prep your meals, as this is key to staying on track and it can also save you lots of money as you won’t be buying excess food.

Even if you don’t have time to make them in advance, try writing your meals down at the beginning of the week and stick to that plan.

Most importantly, remember it takes at least 28 days to form a habit, so don’t expect results over night.

Make life style changes and not just new year’s resolutions, be kind to yourself and have fun, you should be on this journey because you love your body not because you hate it.

We all have rubbish days, what’s important is that you don’t unpack and live there, a few bad days won’t ruin all your hard work, just draw a line under it and keep on going!

For more advice on fitness tips and meal ideas, email me at Healthy_Happy_Me@outlook.com