New Year’s resolutions the smart and realistic way

Everyone says how how easy it should be to keep New Year’s resolutions and offer up millions of options to keep your word – New Year, new you they promise. They all insist how much it depends on your motivation. However, I find that in real life it is not that easy. Life gets in the way. Work, kids, family commitments, friends, commuting….everything seems to be standing in your way.
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Does that mean you should give up? 
No! First of all, one should set realistic goals. They may not specifically fit with our dream goals, but if they are achievable then it is more likely that we will stick to them. Climb a mountain this year? No, how about a small hill first.
Realistic weight loss goals must be associated with achievable fitness goals; then you are less likely to put the weight back on and more likely to maintain your new fitness levels and improve upon them. In my opinion, New Year’s wishes should be underlined by a desire for health before anything else.
Losing weight too quickly is not healthy and opens the door to health issues associated with lack of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and so on.
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Increasing the amount of exercise you do (intensity and frequency), if not supervised by  a qualified and registered fitness and health professional, can lead to injuries.  This will obviously become an obstacle to achieving your goals and can lead to long-standing problems.
Additionally, embarking on a journey towards increased weight loss and improved fitness MUST be preceded by a health check with your GP and with a physical therapist such as an osteopath or physio…The GP will let you know if your heart can take your desire for change and can direct you to the speed. A nutritionist can help you determine a healthy and feasible eating plan.
As an osteopath, who specialises in rehabilitation through clinical Pilates, core Hatha Yoga and Neuromuscular rehab, I can guide you safely and effectively towards your health, fitness and weight loss goals.  Doesn’t that sound like a proper plan?
Part of your program:
– assessing your musculoskeletal health.
– checking the state of health of your joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons
– give you some remedial exercises
– give you essential “tips” that you should incorporate within your fitness training (either with a personal trainer, at the gym, You-tube,  or DVD)
Or of course, you could join one of my Combo Core Yoga Pilates class in Barnet. These classes are only evening classes and weekend classes. I won’t lie: they are challenging and require concentration and dedication!  They make my Yoga-Pilates students feel better, get stronger, more flexible, agile, focused much more body aware and much more relax. The way I structure my classes help them in their health, fitness and even weight loss goals. YES, associated with an adequate diet, Yoga and Pilates help you lose weight!
And as I said earlier, I know life comes in the way of our New Year’s resolutions and that is why I would also help you determine realistic goals so that you will achieve them. I personally don’t believe in guilt techniques and harshness to achieve goals; I am kind but firm!
At last, if your goals are to be less stressed, healthier and feel better within yourself, you must contact me and my team.
If you want more info please contact me. The first class is free. And as a gesture to give you a nudge towards your journey, my first consultation is £38 instead of £50 for the whole month of January.
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Sabine Vannavy Audibert, Registered Osteopath, Neuromuscular Rehabilitation specialist, EFY Yoga Teacher & APPI Clinical Pilates class instructor.