Pick a New Year’s resolution to improve your fitness – for the sake of your health and happiness – and then hold yourself accountable to achieve your goal.

Here are some tips to help you on your journey:

  1. Adjust your outlook. Choose a fitness goal for the sake of your overall wellbeing – don’t look at a fitness goal as simply a weight-loss mission. Exercise is proven to help combat depression. It uplifts your mood.
  2. Identify things that get in the way of your training. For example, if you are addicted to your phone, then make a rule that you can’t go on this device until you have finished training. Or lock the screen during the periods you plan to exercise. It can be your reward to use it afterwards!
  3. Enter an event like Cigna Round the Bays on 19 February, 2017. It will motivate you to step up your fitness for a specific goal.
  4. Connect with others on social media who can motivate you. Find your ‘tribe’ – or, as I call them ‘soul sisters’. Follow me on Facebook @InspiredHealthNZ and Instagram @inspiredhealthandfitness. I love connecting with other Kiwis who are inspired to live a healthier life. Also, join the #STEPITUPNZ community for inspiration if you are doing the Round the Bays event.
  5. Tell friends, family and colleagues about your fitness goal. You can motivate each other and hold each other accountable.
  6. Set consequences if you fail to turn up to training, for instance you could donate to charity if you are a ‘no show’ at training. I know someone who writes a cheque to their trainer for months in advance so they are motivated to turn up!


Register for Cigna Round the Bays at cignaroundthebays.co.nz and remember to join #STEPITUPNZ to be in to win a family escape to Hawke’s Bay prize valued up to $2,500.

Rachel is a runner, qualified yoga teacher and director of lifestyle website InspiredHealth.co.nz, and follow more of her personal journey to get race-ready with her family on her Facebook & Instagram pages