The New Year often signals the start of fitness campaigns for many people, but in some respects it's the hardest time of year to do so being in the midst of winter with shorter days and poor weather. It does however present the opportunity for a big psychological win if you can conquer these challenging factors and jump on the fitness wagon towards your chosen goal. ..
I'm a massive believer in the psychological benefits of running, as well as the more often talked about physical ones. Let's face it, daily life is fast paced, frantic and stressful for the majority of the population, so the opportunity to escape this world for a short while, on a regular basis, has to be a good thing.
I have devoted even more time than normal to reading the array of newspaper and magazines health guides for 2015 - detoxing, exercising and dieting has never been this complicated, costly and time consuming. As someone who has a bad habit of gilding the lily myself, here is a simplified guide to what you should do...
Try to keep in mind that resolutions are meant to to be a catalyst for positive change in your life. Keep your resolutions positive and don't make life hard for yourself, healthy living has never been about restrictive diets and excessive exercise, real results come from consistent effort, one successful day after another.
I hate talking about 'diets' I hate when the focus is on 'diet'- I really find these conversations pointless and almost on a level frustrating. You know when you tell yourself you can't have that, it's all you want. Psychologically I feel this is what restrictive diets do. You become obsessed with food, it is your only thought and it's draining.
I have not done this quickly either and the project is very much ongoing. Four months or thereabouts in, the benefits of being more like my former trim self are beginning to become apparent. Along with the jeans a plethora of other favourite garments banished to the nether regions of my wardrobe are now reinstated for everyday wear.