Setting resolutions that actually work | Thame Service Station

Happy New Year!

I hope you had a good end to 2015 and are all set for a successful New Year.

This is the time of year where lots of us will be setting ourselves new goals and resolving to do things differently.

After all, if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got, right?

So we asked Thame’s resident fitness expert George Anderson to share his top tips for setting New Year resolutions that actually work.

Here are George’s top tips…

“When you set your New Year resolutions, make sure they’re things you can actually DO.

Lots of people decide that they’re going to lose weight or get fit in the New Year but the reason these intentions usually don’t last longer than the middle of the month is that they don’t have anything specific that they can do.

You can’t get up in the morning and do weight loss. Instead, make resolutions that are action-based, such as ‘eat a healthy breakfast’, or ‘drink 2 litres of water each day’.

It’s also important to consider how your new virtuous habits are going to impact other areas of your life.

If you’re doing the Dryathlon this January for example, what are you going to be missing out on as a result of not drinking? Will you have to turn down social invitations? Will it affect other important relationships?

Considering these knock on effects in advance can help you come up with solutions. Will power can only help you out for so long, so give yourself every advantage possible.

Finally, try and get other people involved. Plenty of studies have shown that making positive changes when you’re surrounded by like-minded people is much easier than when you’re on your own.

Or even worse, when you have well-meaning but sabotaging friends trying to tempt you away from your new path.”


If we follow George’s advice we’ll be well on our way to a healthier and happier 2016!