“Therefore, we playfully combined them into a formula to create the perfect January.” The study also found that 55 per cent of gym goers who reckon they are good at sticking with their plans swear by going to bed early to make sure they aren’t too tired.
They also tell at least one person of their plans so it’s harder to back out and have three different sets of fitness clothes, so they always have something to wear.
With the “no spend” challenge, you’re only allowed to pay for things that are necessities (rent, mortgage, utilities, etc), and your goal is to stay away from anything out side of that such as eating out or shopping, or even going to the movies.
The poll of 2,000 adults found 54 per cent of people reckon they need to exercise more often than they currently do, with a lack of time (44 per cent), motivation (43 per cent) and money (18 per cent) named as the biggest barriers.
But 37 per cent struggle more during January than at any other time of the year, with 56 per cent putting it down to the dark mornings and evenings making it harder to get going.
Going to bed no later than 9.44pm, telling someone else about your plans - and packing your gym gear two-and-a-half hours in advance are among the best ways to ensure you don’t back out of exercising, a study has found.
Having three sets of exercise clothes, taking two days off a week and going to the gym first thing in the morning to ‘get it out of the way’ are other tips people swear by to stick with their fitness plans.
The #No Excuses online offer grants new members nationwide access to Virgin Active’s revolutionary gym floor, up to 120 innovative classes per week, pool, steam and sauna facilities.