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New Year, New You..?

January 14, 2016

By Eve Brannon

THE DEFINITION OF ‘INSANITY’: “DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS” – ALBERT EINSTEIN

So here we are again: another season behind us, full of family gatherings, holiday parties and festive feasts. With January comes
the predictable promise of a fresh start. However, behind the seductive lure of “New Year, New You” lies a common, yet obvious pattern. Starting the New Year with the same intentions that the ‘old you’ has proclaimed every year for the last… how many years? Obediently signing up to a fancy bells and whistles gym membership every January may be the best choice you will make this year, but if (like many of us) it hasn’t quite worked out for you in the long term as yet, perhaps it’s time for a fresh approach.

More than two thirds of us will have started 2016 with the greatest of intentions and joined a gym. Whilst this is a positive step and a great idea in theory, despite our best intentions new research has shown that by February, over a third of us will have quietly called up and cancelled our sparkly new gym membership before we’ve even worked up a sweat. Or, in a potentially more depressing outcome: we don’t cancel the payments and will continue to pay out to sit on the sofa of an evening. With the average person only getting around to cancelling this membership after 18 months, as a nation we’re wasting £37 million a year on unused gym memberships.

So why is this the case? Research shows an astonishing three quarters of us feel we need motivating in order to exercise at all and shockingly, a massive four in five Brits who do make it as far as the gym floor will consider giving up after a mere 20 minutes
of ‘self-supervised’ exercise. Without being too harsh, various factors can take a little of the blame: dark, shorter, colder days and hectic work schedules aren’t the ingredients of motivation. However, I’m a firm believer that variety is the spice of life… if you are interested in commencing a ‘new’ New Year’s resolution, read on and possibly change your pattern. Reform Studio offers a 55-minute instructor-led workout that addresses various elements harmoniously: challenging the core, building strength and flexibility, while enhancing balance and coordination – all through the medium of Reformer Pilates. I am six weeks into my training at Reform and can honestly

say it has been a breath of fresh air. The sessions are full of variety, which keeps the body guessing and the mind busy. The 55 minutes tick by and before you know it you’re out of there, with a spring in your step! These classes run around the clock from 6am – 7.30pm, so I have found it easy to slot into my routine. With a variety of offerings from beginners’ classes to private sessions, there are options for all needs and abilities. Reform understand that life is busy, so using the free app means it is simple to book and manage your own schedule, with no contracts or small print. For just £10 for the first two classes, there’s really nothing to lose and I can thoroughly recommend it to beat those New Year blues!

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