The most important trap you can avoid this January if you want to stop yoyoing and finally start seeing results...

Happy January, beauties! I hope your Christmas was wonderful and you spent good quality time with loved ones. And thanks so much for all your contributions to our Salvation Army Un-needed Christmas stodge amnesty!

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Salvation Army Officer Ian with some of your generous donations!

This is always a very busy time of year for gyms and slimming clubs, following a particularly indulgent Christmas and the subsequent 'New Year New Me' Resolution.

So my advice for anyone who has decided to become a ‘new me’ this January is simply this: DON’T!

The biggest flaw with this way of thinking, is that people categorise themselves into the “new me” and the “old me.”

As soon as there’s a slip up/relapse in their diet or exercise regime, they beat themselves up for behaving like ‘the old me’, decide it’s all too hard and then slip back into some of the “old me’s” previous unhealthy habits.

They then feel guilty for ‘failing’ so decide to restart the following Monday.

And the cycle continues…

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The mistake we see so many people make is trying to change themselves and not their behaviours and choices.

If yours are making you unhappy and your health is suffering as a result, then it’s these behaviours that need to be addressed – not you the person!

You are always susceptible to behaviours and habits that are not helpful. Because you are, in fact a human being!

The only difference between people who successfully and permanently change their lifestyles and those who yo-yo year after year, is that they stick with it and pick up where they left off if they slip up.

They don’t use failure as an excuse. The more practice you have, the easier it becomes.

We don’t believe in diets, fads or quick fixes. If you don't get it right 100% of the time, it does not make you a failure! Follow your intuition and let go of thoughts, behaviours - and maybe even certain people, that are not serving you.

We promote a mindful, relaxed and peaceful approach to life, which takes into account the most important thing: living it and enjoying every moment regardless of whatever time of the year it may be.

If you would like to start eating healthier and exercising more, do it first and foremost for your health. Not because it’s a New Year.

Which is why what my team and I teach our Personal Training clients and Bootcampers in January, is no different to what we teach them throughout the rest of the year!

Wishing you a happy healthy 2017 full of love, peace and prosperity! Gen x

Southampton Personal Trainer Gen Preece Boot Camp