Smart strategy to make New Year fitness resolutions come true in 2017

The most common reason New Year’s resolutions fail is that people choose an exercise they don’t like.
Choosing something that you enjoy doing is absolutely critical to your chances of staying with the new exercise regime and getting the most out of it. If you enjoy the exercise, then everything flows from there.

Unfortunately, many people choose exercise regimes which may be fashionable, or which their friends may enjoy, but which may not be suitable. People who hate running take it up, because their friends run. They may see a fitness product on television which promises impressive results with little to no effort, and order a piece of equipment which offers zero enjoyment and ends up rarely used. Or they sign up to a class in the latest fitness fad, not realising that they may hate the exercise.

When an exercise is done purely from obligation, not enjoyment, guilt sets in once you miss a couple of sessions. Then it becomes too easy to quit. If you didn’t enjoy it anyway, it feels like no loss, though it’s a missed opportunity to become healthier.

Even people who don’t enjoy exercise will have a preference. Everyone leans toward certain exercises. Even if all your friends are running, you will know whether that appeals to you – if you’re not sure, you will find out quickly by giving it a go. If it’s no good, try something else.

Certain exercises will come more naturally to you. For example, you may not enjoy running, but perhaps you enjoy swimming, golf, lawn bowls, rowing, martial arts, power-walking, cycling, yoga or dancing?
When it comes to health and fitness the world is your oyster – there are so many choices available which are going to challenge and reward you, and the best thing is that you can do it your way and go with something you like.
If you do have any new year’s fitness resolutions for 2017 we’d love to hear about them! Comment below or email me at


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