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New Year's fitness resolutions

From: The Pilates Guru,

New Year's fitness resolutions

After all the mince pies, chocolate and general Christmas indulgence, the New Year is the perfect time to make a start on a fitness resolution. It is well known that exercise not only makes you look better, it also makes you feel better - a winning combination!

But how do we make sure that our fitness goals does not join the long queue of infamous resolutions that look good on paper, but don't really pass the test of day-to-day life?

The secret to a successful fitness resolution is to choose a method you love, to have a realistic plan and to make sure you stick to it for at least three months in order to get some momentum going. If my personal resolution was to go out jogging in the rain it would last about a week, and if it were to exercise for an hour 7 days a week it would probably last even less! But if I commit to my Pilates and decide to do an hour of practice, three days a week, I have a very good chance of actually achieving my goal and not falling down the slippery slope of allowing other things to take over too quickly.

While we can't wave a magic wand and make our resolution come true, following a plan and a program can make it easier to achieve our goals. Here are a few more tips to help you succeed:

Choose the right program

Think whether you would prefer a slower program to help you de-stress or maybe a faster, more energising routine to keep you more motivated. You’re much more likely to keep at something if you enjoy it, while feeling the changes and health benefits in your body.

Set targets

There’s nothing more motivating than feeling that you are making progress. Set yourself weekly targets and do your best to stick to them. Keeping a record of what you have done can help motivating you and give you a sense of achievement.

Don’t overdo it

Start off slowly and build up the length and frequency of your workouts only when you feel ready to do so.

Make the program fit your schedule

It is much better to feel positive and motivated having achieved your targets than disappointed that you haven't. Make sure you make your fitness program fit your schedule and suit you and not the other way around!

Set realistic goals

Whether your program supports a weight loss regime, is all about getting toned as we move into spring or you simply want to live a healthier lifestyle, it is important to be realistic about what can be achieved within a short period of time. Remember to also take into account the number of classes/workouts you will actually attend.

Encourage a friend to join you

Having a friend spurring you on can really give you that extra bit of motivation to keep going. A bit of competitive spirit never hurt anyone...

If Pilates is your thing have a look at Whether you are a complete beginner or a more experienced practitioner, we have created a number of programmes to help you kick-start your regime and help guide you on your way.

Here's to a happy and healthy 2013!

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Amit is the director of Pilates on Demand ( – a website where members get unlimited access to a wide range of top quality HD video classes with the best teachers. Amit is also a sole Teacher Trainer for the renowned Body Arts and Science International (BASI) Pilates school in the UK. He is a partner and senior teacher at Pilates Junction Studio in London from which he also runs regular Teacher Training Courses, Workshops and Master Classes for Pilates teachers. 
Over the years Amit has presented classes and workshops in Pilates studios and Pilates conferences in the United States, Japan, Holland, Greece, Germany, Italy, Israel and the UK.

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