Get a head start on your new year’s fitness goals today, and you’ll thank yourself tomorrow.

There’s so much left of 2021. So many opportunities to make positive change. Plenty of days left to make the most of, so why wait until the new year to enact change?

The reality is, that as we hit November and December, many, or even most, of us won’t be entirely satisfied with our progress for the year and start to reflect on what we could have done and what we will do differently next year. And then we wait another two months until January before making a start (slaps forehead).

We get it. As these months inch ever closer to another new year, the temptation can be there to abandon any workout plan and pick it up again in the new year once the merriment of Christmas has come and gone — but remember, you don’t have to sit back until January 1st to launch a new set of fitness resolutions.

Why do tomorrow what you can do today?

You’ll have a new attitude over the Christmas break

People who maintain a fitness schedule over the course of the next few weeks will have a better chance of not over-indulging over the Christmas period, leaving you with a mountain of work to do in the cold light of January. We are all going to eat and drink a bit more than usual over the next while, so if you are wary of what you’re putting in your body during this time you will thank yourself when it comes to burning those calories back off.

“Work out. Eat well. Be patient. Your body will reward you.”

Remember, there is no ‘perfect time’

We’re all familiar with the refrain of, ‘I’ll do that tomorrow’. That is just a delaying tactic designed to put off what you know you have to, or want to, do. We’ve all heard this one: the best time to get yourself active is 20 years ago, the second-best time is right now. There will always be something; an event, a lifestyle choice, a stumbling block – there is no perfect time to start, there’s just a load of convenient excuses not to. Our advice? Just fu*cking do it.

“The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.”

It will free up your New Year’s Resolution for other objectives

The vast majority of people’s new year’s resolutions are fitness-based but if that element of your life is already in check you can use this list to improve different areas of your life. Give yourself more time to spend with friends or family, develop new hobbies and interests, read more. Use your time wisely guys.

“Visualise what you want to be, then work hard for it.”

Does your body know the difference?

There isn’t some magical change to your body which happens when the calendars read January 1. Your body does not know, or care, about it being Monday, or Wednesday, or Friday, nor does it matter if it is the end of a month or the beginning of one. The first day of January is the same as the very day in which you are reading these words.

“Start now. Thank yourself later.”