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Pure Gym: How to Plan for Success in 2019

We all know how many times we set New Year's resolutions for ourselves with the best intentions. However, how many of you have managed to stick to your goals for the year? I know in the past I have told myself I wanted to achieve something, but then dropped off after a week or two! More often than not - it's just because we lose sight of that goal. Whether you’re looking to eat a little healthier, be more active or perhaps shed a few pounds - keeping it at the forefront of your mind is the key to reaching your goals this year!

With that said - I've prepared my top tips on how I prepare myself & my clients for a successful year.

Step 1 - Put Pen to Paper

Take a moment to sit down and have a proper think about what you’d like to achieve in 2019. Writing down your goals is paramount, as it allows you to put them into a physical format that you’re less likely to forget or ignore. You could pop them in a diary, write them on a piece of paper to stick onto the fridge or write them in your notes & screenshot them – use this photo as the background on your phone!

Ask yourself the following:

1. How do you feel about yourself currently?
2. What is the outcome you want from achieving this goal?
3. When you achieve it, how will that change your everyday life?

Use the answers to these questions as motivators for staying on track!

Step 2 - Keep it Smart

Now, goals can sometimes feel very overwhelming or miles away. So, to stop yourself from making excuses, make it a SMART goal

  • S - Specific (what are you going to do?)
  • M - Measurable (how will you know when you've reached it?)
  • A - Achievable (is it in your power to accomplish?)
  • R - Realistic (can you achieve it in the given time frame?)
  • T - Time bound (when will you achieve it by?)

Step 3 - Break it Down

Break down your goal into bite-size pieces - this means that every week you should complete a task that brings you one step closer to achieving your ultimate goal.

For example, if your goal is to build a healthy lifestyle & to lose some weight this year:

Month 1: Sustain a Calorie Deficit

Week 1 - Aim to eat more whole fresh foods cooked at home, less packaged foods or takeaways

Week 2 - Fill my plate predominantly with vegetables with a side portion of protein & carbohydrates

Week 3 - Calculate my Total Daily Energy Expenditure ( to create a calorie & macro daily goal

Week 4 - Track all my meals this week on My Fitness Pal

Step 4 – Make it Fun

Try something new that you've always wanted to do.

Train with a friend: this will make it easier to start a routine you can stick to.

Classes are a great way if you are a complete newcomer: Legs, Bums and Tums, Pump, Cycle, Combat, Step, Yoga are just a few examples but there will be something for everyone and you can train with friends at the same time!

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