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December 21, 2016

We are coming to the regular New Year's Resolution Day, when everyone is full of good intentions and decides to improve their life. Sadly, for some, those intentions only last for a few days or weeks. For many, one of the challenges they decide to take up is to get fitter. The first flush of enthusiasm is a great motivator, but when the hard reality of actually doing it kicks in it can seem considerably less appealing.


Why you are doing it can affect your likelihood of success. Just a vague intention is rarely enough, and it is those without concrete ambitions who will soon fall by the wayside. So, decide what and when you want to achieve. Is it to lose weight, to build muscle, increase stamina, or balance, or flexibility - or a combination of all or some of those? It is usually helpful to set a target, either of a time period, or weight to lose, or running a certain distance in a particular time, or being able to lift a particular weight. Just 'getting fitter' is usually too vague to be sustainable.


If it involves going to a gym it is helpful to sign up for a long period. After all, if you are paying good money for it, you are more likely to keep at it. A potential drawback to gym going can be the repetitive monotony of it. Deciding what you want to do gives you something to aim at.


It shouldn't be surprising, but if you are really going to work at it (and why wouldn't you?), you are going to have to come to terms with the fact that it will be both time consuming and hard work. Visiting the gym is going to take a sizeable chunk out of your day, which you will have to factor in and commit to. Decide when, and for how long you will go. Many people prefer an early visit, generally to get it out of the way, and partly to allow you to revel in the wonderful rush that hard exercise gives you. If you are doing it properly (and, again, why wouldn't you?) it will be both tiring and exhilarating.


To make it work, you will have to keep at it. Getting fit is something that can be built upon. I can tell you from experience that you can cure illnesses and ailments. You can electrify your mood. You can become superman! Do it!



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