resolutions

"Every January we see our gyms packed with members looking to get fit and healthy, but by February, the average person is already working out 10% less frequently." Says Lee Matthews, Fitness Director at Fitness First.
I was reading the Independent at the turn of 2017. I thought to myself, as I do every year new year, new me and so I decided
If you are planning big changes in the coming year, give yourself the best start by checking out these 10 essential components to ensure you have a successful year ahead.
Christmas is a time of celebration, getting together but for many it's not as easy as that. You might be alone, suffering from an illness, going through a break up and so these idealistic images are the equivalent of a slap in the face.
I'm sure that many of us have experienced a point in our lives where we've became aware of the need to start making some positive changes. We may feel ready to commit to formal New Year's Resolutions or simply say 'today's the time to focus on spring cleaning our habits, friends, relationships and ultimately our lives'.
Resolutions are like diets: they usually don't last enough to make long term changes. To make lasting change, take small, tiny steps every day and you will see that at the end of the year, your life will have changed for the better! Use this list for inspiration!
So it's that time of the year again - or more specifically a new year again - and we all have a tendency to think about what we want to make happen, what we want to prioritise and very often key things we want to improve or change.
Nobody was born at the gym. We all make a decision to be - or get - fit, and we all probably had some help and encouragement along to way to make it a habit. What we probably didn't have, or didn't have enough of to put us off, was a whole load of tutting and eye rolling at our mere presence.
Already tempted to tuck away your trainers in time for 2017's resolution attempts? Then spare a thought for the thousands of people braving those dark January mornings - and even darker nights - as they prepare themselves for what is, for many, the ultimate running challenge: the London Marathon. I never thought I'd be one of them.
I know, I know, resolutions can sometimes feel a bit tired, but they can still be useful. At the start of 2015, I knew I wanted to volunteer, so I set myself some ambitious goals to make a difference by volunteering my time. By the summer, I had left the UK to work side-by-side with local volunteers in Uganda on international development projects with Restless Development.
See, up until recently, I thought that this was success. Working long hours and enjoying the ever-shortening weekends, to live for the end of the month only to spend most of my money in the first few days and then wait all over again.
September's here and we're gradually returning from summer holidays refreshed and energised, with renewed motivation and enthusiasm for life! September is also traditionally a month for change, as the new academic year begins, as many people move city to start new jobs / degrees, and as the job market floods with new opportunities.
It's hard to ignore the Back to School signs in the shop windows, the dust in the streets, the yellowing of the leaves and the shift in the air as the days get shorter. Programmed by my own years at school, then again as a teacher and parent, I can never escape the rhythm of the academic year.
After the excesses of December, which now seem to take over the whole month, not just Christmas, I have actually found myself craving my own company, reading books, catching-up on films I haven't seen yet and focusing on eating healthily and moving more.
The brain is the ultimate habit machine. Your life has unknowingly been sent down a set of rails, and your cunning brain switched to autopilot. Making changes means seizing back control. To do this you have to shake up those old habits and routines, take new routes.
At this time of year, as well as your physical condition, it's also a good time to look at what shape your business is in and where it will end up if you stay on the current course.
Resolutions essentially come into the category of goal-setting. We often make them for things that we have been putting off, such as learning a language or quitting smoking. Quite often they are things for which we have a long-term incentive, like our health or our career prospects, but no reason to do it right now
We are just about one week into 2015 - a new cycle has begun, and is pregnant with potential. I enjoy the (perceived) clean slate that comes with each new year. It compartmentalizes our existence into meaningful increments, into manageable time frames that help us to cope with the turbulence of life.
So I am going for it this year. Every morning will be welcomed with open arms and the previous day's downers will be consigned to the past. Of course I will starting running. Of course I will go on a diet but this will not be because it's a resolution, it is because I want to do it so that I finish the year feeling like a better person than I started (and be able to tie my shoe laces again).