What have you achieved this year?
Have you taken a moment lately to think about everything you’ve achieved this year?
Is your initial reaction one of gratitude for the person you’re evolving into over time?
Or are you just waiting to get Christmas over and done with because it’s too much pressure and drama. And who has time to reflect on what’s gone down in 2017?
If 2017 didn’t go according to plan, are you already thinking up your New Year’s resolutions for 2018?
The thing about these little fellas is that if there’s any time of year you should NOT be trying to change your behaviour, it would have to be the festive season.
You’re more likely to eat more despite your best intentions, and with all the socialising, who has time for training?
Given all this, the idea of renewal is awesome. You can’t bring about change unless you have a good long think about where you are now and where you want to be.
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If you must make new goals (in the guise of New Year’s resolutions), life will be a lot easier if you:
- don’t make them about losing weight – instead make them about improving your nutrition.
- work on climbing out of the hole before reaching for the sky.
- take one step at a time, focus your effort and know your limits.
- have a component that focusses on your physical strength – there are so many reasons why this is important.
8 reasons to be strong in 2018 to change your life
No exaggeration that being physically strong gives you the energy, confidence and optimism to face anything life hurls your way because being physically strong:
- Reduces your biological age: being strong increases your lean muscle mass, builds your bone density, reduces fat and, keeps you active. These combine to fend off illness and the effects of ageing, which normally occur as a result of inactivity.
- Improves your functional fitness: the stronger you are, the easier life is. You can do everything you need to with ease. Your strength will transfer to other activities.
- Prevents injury: you’ll be strengthening tendons, ligaments and bones. You’ll be keeping your body in proper alignment, and your body will be become built to absorb shock.
- Builds muscle: when you gain lean muscle mass you improve the shape of your body.
- Improves sports performance: in some sports you need explosive power, muscular endurance, maximal strength and/or muscular bulk. For all these, you need to be stronger to be a better athlete.
- Boosts fat loss: compound movements like squats, lunges, deadlifts and presses all tax your anaerobic system as well as your aerobic system. So you burn more calories. And the more lean body mass you have, the faster your metabolism needs to be to maintain this muscle. The overall result is increased fat loss.
- Boosts confidence: you look and feel better. You can do more. And you appreciate what you can do.
- Ensures you don’t die early: from coronary heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol to name but a few.
The benefits of getting strong extend well beyond your New Year’s resolutions for 2018.
Some consideration now could set you up for success for the whole year.