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How to set realistic fitness goals for 2018 that you'll actually keep

How to set realistic fitness goals for 2018 that you'll actually keep

Make 2018 your best year yet

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January is the busiest month of the year for the fitness industry as everyone takes on New Year resolutions. Getting diets back in line and wanting to feel fit, healthy, lean and fresh for the year ahead are on the top of the list for most people but how do you stay on track and not fall off the wagon?

The number one rule is to set attainable goals. So often I hear people say: "I'm going to quite smoking, dairy, sugar and train everyday." This just won't work — you'll last a week, maybe two, at most and you'll be back to your old ways in no time. Be kind to yourself as you embark on this new positive mindset and set some short- and long-term goals that are actually plausible. This might be giving up dairy or sugar in the short term and giving up smoking and sticking to your minimum amount of training sessions per week in the long term. Keep it fairly simple and only set goals you're genuinely ready for and believe you can achieve. 

Goals are really important to focus on but don't fixate on them. Results can take time and if you don't see them as quickly as you might like, you might get thrown off track. Try to enjoy your training and nutritional plan — focus mainly on those and the results will come if you're consistent. Consistency and accepting the fact the results will come if you keep your head down and stay with it is so important. There will be ups and downs but stay positive and take the rough with the smooth.

We all want a six-pack, lean toned arms and to feel energised and fit, but remember these things don't come overnight. This needs to be a lifestyle, not a quick fix.

The best tip I can give anyone starting a new regime or nutritional plan — and I've given it time and time again — is that if you have a bad day, week or even month it's not all over, just get back at it as soon as you can. Don't give up. 

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