How not to be a quitter

If you’ve made a new year’s resolution to get fit this year, you’ve probably managed to stick to it so far (you have, haven’t you?). But fast-forward a month and there’s a one in four chance you’ll have given up, according to research on resolutions from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. Within six months, the study found, 54 to 60 per cent of people had missed their targets. “We set out with the best of intentions,” says Midgie Thompson, mental performance coach at Bright Futures Coaching. “But a lack of planning and a failure to set clear, achievable goals often sideline us before we’ve had the benefit of seeing or feeling results, which can be highly dispiriting.” Read on to find out how to give your new year fitness regime staying power.

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