How to keep new year fitness resolutions

A new study has suggested that having clear goals in mind and revisiting them regularly can help people to stay on track with their new year fitness regimes, something that could help anyone heading to the gym this month.

Researchers asked 60 students to fill in questionnaires about what they wanted to achieve, then keep a diary about what might help them achieve these goals.

It was found that if the participants regularly looked back at their diaries, identified what worked and what didn't, recorded their progress and continued to set mini-goals, they were much more likely to succeed than those who did not.

Being held accountable by a support group and getting feedback was also helpful, said Dr Cheryl Travers, Dr Ray Randall and Dr Harry Hogarth from Loughborough University, who will present their work at the British Psychological Society's Division of Occupational Psychology annual conference in Brighton.

The researchers suggested the results were down to the boost in self-esteem and self-confidence that came from seeing goals were being achieved, something that could enhance psychological wellbeing overall.

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