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Realistic Resolutions for 2014

It’s a time-honoured tradition to set ambitious weight loss goals at the start of the new year.  But January is a tricky time to achieve these goals as the festive period does not end on December 31st.   Many people are out of routine for most of January while they enjoy trips, house guests and school holiday activities.

It’s a relaxed social time to recover from the pressure of Christmas and enjoy the sunshine. Lots of relaxed socialising revolves around food and then the month ends with a long weekend. These are not ideal weight loss conditions! It’s no surprise that by February many people have entirely abandoned the goals they set only a month ago.  Don’t be disheartened, make February the month you begin.

Where to start? First assess the damage. Bite the bullet and stand on the scales or book an appraisal.  Don’t be too demoralised if the number is higher than expected!  Your post-holidays weight is a reflection of the fun times you have had over the festive season. It’s a “line in the sand” to look back on later and congratulate yourself on how far you have come.
Then set a target. Make 2014 the year you set a realistic weight loss goal.   People vary in the rates their bodies can adjust but a healthy weight loss target is an average of half a kilo a week.  For many people the most sensible goal is a modest kilo a month. If you start in February and finish in November you’ll lose 10kgs before next Christmas.   
A great goal and strong motivation won’t get you there without a robust plan.  The new year is a good time to sign up with a personal trainer.  A personal trainer will let you know if your goal is realistic and then help you create a plan with activities and targets. 
 A good exercise plan is efficient. It has the right mix of exercise types and recovery periods, avoiding counter-productive over-training. You’re more likely to adhere to a plan based around activities you enjoy.  At this time of year there are many great outdoor options. Don’t forget the Les Mills free outdoor Body Balance class held outside the Takapuna Beach Café on Sundays at 9am. Beach Series has restarted on Tuesday nights. There’s Round The Bays on Sunday March 9th if you’d like a short-term walking or running goal to aim for as part of your plan. Les Mills members can attend Round The Bays as part of Team Takapuna for a fun
day out.
 As you consider ways of meeting your goals beware of fad diets. Any regime promising fast dramatic solutions to a large problem is probably too good to be true.  It certainly is possible to lose 10kgs in 10 weeks if you are prepared to live miserably enough but it’s hard to keep it off, few people stay on those wagons.  If you drop weight quickly and pile it back on just as quickly it’s more than just demoralizing and embarrassing. It’s damaging for your health and catastrophic for your metabolism.
 The safest most effective way to meet your weight loss goals is through the healthy habits of regular exercise and balanced eating.  
 Come and join us at Les Mills Takapuna and make 2014 your best year ever.  

by Claire Bellingham