Stop yoyo dieting, start living and avoid falling into the trap so many personal trainers expect you to…

Happy New Year, beauties!

I hope your Christmas was wonderful and you got to spend some good quality time with loved ones. Southampton’s weather may have been hit and miss but we tried to make the most of every moment of sunshine!

January is often the busiest time of year for gyms, personal trainers and slimming clubs (as well as Boot camp!) following an indulgent Christmas and the subsequent ‘New Year New Me’ Resolution. If you too have decided to become a “new me” in 2018, my advice is simple: DON’T!

The biggest flaw with this resolution, is that so many people categorise themselves into the “new me” and the “old me.” As soon as there’s a slip up/relapse in their new diet/exercise regime, they beat themselves up for behaving like ‘the old me’, decide it’s all too hard and then end up slipping back into a few previous unhealthy habits. They then feel guilty for ‘failing’ so decide to restart the following Monday. And the cycle continues…

Southampton personal trainer Gen Preece Boot camp

The mistake so many people make is trying to change themselves, rather than 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!

Being human makes us susceptible to behaviours and habits that are not always helpful. The only difference between people who successfully and permanently change their lifestyles and those who yo-yo year after year, is that the former 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.

Southampton Personal Trainer Gen Preece Boot Camp

Bootcamper Zoe lost 10.5 inches in seven weeks

As a results-based personal trainer, I don’t believe in diets, fads or quick fixes. Not getting it right 100% of the time 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.

I work closely with individuals in Southampton to promote a mindful, relaxed and peaceful approach to life, which takes into account the most important thing: living it and enjoying every moment!

So if you feel 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 Boot camp attendees in January, is no different to what we teach them throughout the rest of the year!

I wish you a happy healthy 2017 – and believe me, the ‘old’ or ‘current’ you is just fine!

Gen x

Southampton personal trainer Gen Preece Boot camp