Whether you've just started your health and fitness journey or been working hard for a while, the chances are that you compare your progress (and therefore, your body) to others. It could be while looking at other people on social media or in magazines, or even in the gym, but it's important that you stop comparing yourself to other people.
It's that time of year again when life goals are set and resolutions are made. Do you want to lose weight and get fit (don't we all)? Perhaps you're about to embark on Dry January or quit smoking. Is your goal to improve your relationships or get out of debt? Whatever your good intentions are, research suggests that only 8% of us actually achieve our resolutions.
If you go on Facebook right now, I guarantee I can predict the majority of statuses clogging up your newsfeed. It's not because I'm psychic, it's because the same thing happens every damn year. "New year, new me!", "2016 is going to be MY year", "2016 is going to be the NEW me." If there was a 'dislike' button, I would be be clicking it.
What's the first thing you do in the morning? Is it make a coffee, hug your spouse or check your smartphone? I'm guessing it's the latter. After all, the average person checks their phone 85 times a day, receives just over 100 emails and spends around three hours actively using the internet - so you'd probably need to get going with all of that from your first waking moment.
Most of us want to improve something about ourselves, and knocking on the door of 2016, what better time to promise yourself that this new year's resolution will be different? And yet, most of us have been there. Have you ever noticed that the gym is noticeably more crowded in January, and by February, attendance dwindles?
Maybe death isn't something you really want to think about at the start of the New Year (let's face it, there are more fun things to think about). Perhaps you think you're not old enough to discuss it. Maybe it's not the most exciting of topics to chat about over a few pints, or maybe it is, but either way I challenge you to talk about it.