If you have followed me for a while you will know that I am not a big fan of New Year Resolutions. Mostly because resolutions just add extra stress to your life and quickly fall by the wayside so they are not super helpful.
So instead of New Year Resolutions I am going to let you in on a little secret which is super helpful to help you achieve manageable goals for this year.
Instead of stressing over the things you can’t do, why not celebrate the things you can?
Everyone has constraints, and it is really common with the people that I work with. Osteoarthritis, COPD, joint replacements, heart issues, osteoporosis, and the list could go on. Physically life is not quite as easy as it once was and it can negatively impact your view on everything.
So I ask you to do this in 2024.
Don’t focus on what you can’t do, but instead turn your thoughts to what you can.
Can’t do 10,000 steps? Doesn’t matter, are you able to walk around your living room or make it to the end of your street and back.
Can’t get off the floor? Can you practice lunging next to the kitchen counter.
Look around and find some movement/activity/exercise you CAN do.
And when you do what you can do, give yourself credit. Don’t compare yourself to other people or what you used to be able to do. Be excited about what you can do now.
Remember, the key to progress is consistency. By focusing on the things you can do, you’re creating habits that will make a big impact over time. So, instead of stressing about what you can’t do, welcome 2024 by celebrating what you can.
Having worked in IT in London for 15 years I was made redundant in 2009. I had trained as a gym instructor whilst working and decided I would rather spend the rest of my career doing something I loved than look for another job in IT. I furthered my qualifications with a Certificate in Advanced Personal Training from the highly regarded Premier Training. Many personal trainers are generalists covering all areas of fitness but I took the decision to specialise in the over-50s and therefore went on to do a CYQ Award in Functional Training for the Independent Older Adult Level 3. My focus is on overall health rather than fitness. I believe that making small changes can have a long term positive effect on health and well-being.