• Michelle

New Year, Same You!

Happy New Year everyone!

We are firmly in New Year, New You territory... you can't avoid it in your social media, the news, television, radio; it's everywhere!

This is not a message we give our kids so why do we buy into it so much as adults?

We teach our children to make healthy choices, that treats are allowed from time to time and we try to teach them to be happy and confident in their own skin! These are great messages for everyone, young and old. So this year I'm looking at January from a new perspective and I am inviting you and your family to join me!

Firstly, we need to look at what we are doing well;

  • Have I formed any good habits that I can build on?

  • What's good about your diet and eating habits?

  • How many of my 7 a day am I getting? (Yes, hard to believe I know but they upped it from 5 to 7, like 5 wasn't hard enough!)

  • How often am I exercising? What do I enjoy about it?

  • Am I drinking enough water?

  • How much time do I spend outside in nature every day?

  • Do I carve out time for myself? Do I look after my mental health?

Identify at least 3 positives & give yourself a pat on the back!

Now that we have identified what we are doing well lets take a few minutes to think about our goals; what they are and why they are important! The reason behind the goal is probably more important that the goal itself, when you know the WHY you will be far more motivated to succeed!

Some practical ideas;

I want exercise regularly and eat more fruit & veg because I want more energy.

I want to move my body more because I have lower back pain from sitting all day.

I want to get fitter so that I can play basketball with my kids. I want to start exercising because I want to return to playing team sports.

If you are specific with your goals it will be easier to make an effective plan and you will be more likely to succeed. You can't overhaul your whole life in one go, you are destined to fail so pick one or two goals, once you have created some new habits and achieved your first goal you will be excited to set your next goal. I think 6 weeks is a good length of time to embed a new habit and achieve an small win.

Now it's time to plan; I love smart goals!

Lets look at one of the goals and make a smart plan for it. If your goal is to get fitter so that you can play with your kids, so that you can run around and play with them for 30 minutes.

Start with doing an activity you enjoy for 5 minutes every day, building from this you will eventually achieve your 30 minute activity goal.

Skipping is great cardio, no gym needed and can be done anywhere.

S = Skip for 5 minutes continuously.

M = I'll write it down how many skips I did in 5 minutes & how many times I paused on my phone.

A = I'll will do it in my garden.

R = yes, great for fitness.

T= I will do it every evening straight after work; pick a time that works for you and your family. This is a great one as the kids can join in!

I will assess my progress after 2 weeks and make a new Smart goal!

Is this something you can or should do with your kids? Absolutely! We should encourage children to reflect on their health and fitness. Just focus on how they feel in their bodies and what they would like to achieve!

You are helping your children to create the habits you wish you had already created for yourself, what better gift can you give them?

Myself and Sarah will be documenting our journey's on Facebook and Instagram. If you want some accountability, to share your journey with us you can tag @ninjafitnessireland and let us know how you are getting on! Good luck!

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