STICKING to your new year’s resolutions is an endurance test that often forces you to wave the white flag before January has even reached double figures.
Many of us will have vowed to dedicate a few hours a week at the gym when the clock struck 12am on January 1.
But many will have seen their motivation dwindle as the days of January float by, their determination and motivation shrivelling as the lure of the takeaways and a night in front of the TV proves too tempting.
Keeping your New Year’s resolution is a challenge but help is on hand to keep you motivated as we head into the middle of January.
For the past two week, experts from LiveWire have provided top tips to quitting smoking and losing those extra pounds.
In the final part of the series, senior health and wellbeing advisor Jake Smith will share his advice on keeping in shape and sticking to your fitness regime.
AFTER years of trying to get back into a fitness routine, a mum of one had almost given up hope that she would be able to shed those extra but pounds.
But Elaine Raw, from Cinnamon Brow, has finally found the confidence to get back into the gym and his now reaping the benefits.
The 53-year-old said: “I have always been concerned about my weight and, over the years, it has just ballooned.
“I was very apprehensive about going to the gym but everyone was so nice and welcoming. I didn’t have anything to worry about.”
Elaine has lost one and a half stone since joining the gym at LiveWire at the Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub.
“It was hard work but I don’t mind going anymore,” added Elaine, who attends the gym with her husband, Duncan.
Elaine is determined to get fit and drop the pounds in time for an once-in-a-lifetime trip to China in April.
“I need to make sure I’m fit and healthy. There is lots to do and see and I need to make sure I am able to keep up,” she added.
Jake Smith, senior health and wellbeing advisor at LiveWire, said help is at hand for those who need it.
He added: “We look at why people are doing it in the first place. Sometimes people are unrealistic about what they want to achieve in a certain time period.
“They go from eating everything to eating like a saint. Some people, who haven’t been to the gym in years, wonder why they can’t keep it up.
“It’s about making realistic targets and we can help you with that.”
LiveWire has a number of schemes available that aim to get you active in the healthiest way possible.
For advice call 0300 003 0818.
Top tips Get support - Going at it alone can be tough. Get the support you need by contacting the staff at LiveWire Set short and long term goals - Take one day at a time so that the final goal is reachable Find a form of exercise that you enjoy - If you don’t like it then you are never going to go back