Why wait until January to get started?

Why wait until January to get started?

January can be a hard month

I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand January. Especially the first couple of weeks of the month. It seems the weather is always pretty dire and the daylight hours are at their shortest which can be quite demoralising.

After a period of complete shut down around Christmas and the euphoria of a New Year’s Eve celebration of the achievement of making it to another year, all of a sudden there is a huge bump as you land straight back into the reality of day to day life.

The other day, it dawned on me that what is compounding the problem is that from mid-November a small voice in my head was already starting to say “don’t worry about that for now, you can just start in January.” And that’s six weeks before the end of the year! Sound familiar? I maybe a Fitness Specialist but I am human too!

The good habits slip away…

Six weeks of letting good habits slip – laziness increasing and apathy towards nutrition choices building. Is it any wonder that when January 1st arrives with an expected instantaneous habits transformation, this seems so unobtainable when you have moved so far away from the better habits you had earlier in the year?!

Habits are not formed overnight. Both good and bad habits take time to form. By choosing to “let things go” starting from November, you are giving bad habits the chance to ingrain and become the norm.

Your default health position becomes lower and so it can take a few weeks to just get back to your pre-November healthy routines, let alone improve on this and move to your ideal state of well-being. This can be demoralising in January as you wonder how it has suddenly become so hard to shake off the bad habits you picked up in December.

Start 2019 early – use December to get a head start!

This year, I am doing things differently by deciding to use December as a head-start month in which I ignore the small voice in my heading putting things off until January and keep the healthy habits going through this wind-down phase of the year. Maybe you could do the same?

This is not an Ebenezer Scrooge, Bar-Humbug approach to Christmas. No one is saying you have to be perfect or not enjoy yourself over the festive period. You can still have fun at your work parties and social events! If you have lots to attend, maybe you could pick the one or two that means most to you or will be the most fun to totally let the reigns go, and at the others still enjoy yourself but take a more measured approach. It’s all about balance!

Choose to take control of the things you can

Besides the parties and excessive eating and drinking that is likely to take place during Christmas week, there are still many daily breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks over the next month that you can make healthier choices for. Here are a few suggestions on simple commitments that you can stick to in December:

  • Plan meals in advance
  • Keep a food diary
  • Drink 1.5-2 litres of water a day
  • Eat lots of veggies and fruit – at least 5 servings a day
  • Limit alcohol and sweet treats for weekends and/or celebrations
  • Go to bed half an hour earlier to get more sleep

You can still make time for regular exercise and being physically active during this month too. You could make a commitment to go for walks at lunchtime, get some use out of the gym membership you are paying for or you could even start a new fitness routine so that you have a head start in taking steps to where you would like your health to be in 2019!

Support is available to get your 2019 off to a brilliant start!

If you are looking for some support in building some new habits for 2019, you could sign up for a 6-week kick starter membership with Inside Out PT. With fun group personal training sessions, nutrition and well-being guidance and a community of members that will support you on your journey to better health, you can start building new habits and routines over the next few weeks and hit the ground running in January.

We are currently offering a 25% discount on our 6-week kick-starter memberships and as a bonus if you sign up before 31st December we will offer you an additional week, so 7 weeks for the price of 6!

Register to take part in a free taster session to give Inside Out PT a try. If you like training with us but your schedule really is congested, you can start your 7 weeks of training and support in January.

Keep it 80:20 this December!

To start your 2019 in style this December, stick to the 80:20 rule throughout the month – being health conscious 80% of the time, will mean there is still plenty of fun you can have with the free 20%!

Being committed will mean that you’ll be able to enjoy the festivities, knowing that you also taking steps to be bouncing into January 2019 with better health, more confidence and a feeling of empowerment!

My 2019 has started on 1st December, start yours now too!


Marc Malone

Head Coach, Inside Out PT