December is busy! It’s cold! We over indulge in food and drink and exercising goes out the window. We plan to start afresh in January!

The World health Organisation recommends adults partake in 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise, 5 times a week.

Why don’t you make an early New Year’s resolution to stay active now? It will make it so much easier to stay on track come January. You will feel better, have more energy, and you are sure to fit into that party dress or suit!! What you need is some motivation, and here’s how you  find it:

  1. Set a goal

It doesn’t matter how big or how small, set yourself a goal for the new year and work towards it. It can help to pick an organised event, like a charity walk or run.  Pick a date. Write it in your diary and on your calendar. Pay the entry fee. Tell people about it. Get others on board. Now you are committed!

Break down your main goal into smaller goals that are achievable. Tick them off as you achieve them.


  1. Exercise in the morning 

It is often easier than trying to drag yourself off the couch after a long day’s work. It also has the added benefit of energising you for the day. You will be more productive and in better form from the off!

  1. Preparation is key!

Have a tracksuit and runners in work or in the car if you plan to exercise after work. Have your clothes ready beside your bed if you are exercising first thing in the morning. No excuses to skip your session!

  1. Make it social!

Make exercising fun! Catch up over a 30 minutes walk rather than over a coffee! The time will fly by. Arrange a time. Now you have to show up!

  1. Keep a record 

There are some great apps that will track your distance and time, and even post them on Facebook or e-mail them to you. Or, if you prefer the more traditional approach, use your calender or diary.


Too cold or wet to go out? Do 10 minutes of stretching. March on the spot. Use a skipping rope. Step up and down onto the first step of your stairs. It all counts!