Is February the New January?

New Year, new you, right?? How are your New Year's resolutions going?

Only 8% of people who make New Year’s resolutions stick to them, and those who don’t usually abandon them after just one week. It is unrealistic to think that you can immediately overcome a habit you have spent years establishing. But we still do it. The 1st of January is just that Monday thing but with a longer outlook. We are pre-programmed to start a new diet, a new exercise regime, give up a bad habit or make a good habit on the first day of the year or the first day of the week. We love to live our life with markers and blank pages.

But this year, for a reason I just can't quite put my finger on, I feel there has been a slow start to everyone's good intentions. Despite class attendance being up 52% and new clients up by a wapping 275% compared to December, there has been no big bang....until now.

Let's face it, January is a rubbish month. For the whole of December, it has been lights, music, fun, presents and parties so it is not surprising that once the decorations come down, you come down too. Weeks of over-indulgence means you feel tired and crappy. You feel fat, unhealthy and sluggish.  This all makes for a bad start to the year. Along with bad weather, very little daylight hours and no money. This is January.

Have we finally learnt our lesson and realised how futile it is to make New Year's resolutions in January?

Maybe it has something to do with "Dry January" , someone recently asked me. Dry January is a small easily achievable resolution that has a very specific end point and raised money for charity to boot.

Have we finally accepted the fact that it is far easier to focus on surviving the month, one day at a time, until the 31st finally arrives and your "best year ever" can finally begin....