New Year, New You | Five simple steps to kick start your 2019 with personal trainer Sean Flannery

New columnist Sean Flannery kickstarts the new year with some timely advice about new year's resolutions

Sean Flannery

Sean Flannery

Personal trainer and fitness guru Sean Flannery of FitnesswithFlan fame is passionate about fitness, health promotion and inspiring people to take action and this week, just in time for those new year’s resolutions, he kicks off his brand new weekly column - Get Moving. This is a fitness column with a difference as Sean will focus on how changing your behaviour can make a real and sustainable difference to your lifestyle.  This week, Sean writes about making those new year’s resolutions:

Traditionally around this time of year you see a lot of people trying to make a big change or set new goals for themselves. As a Personal trainer, I deal with this type of behaviour all year round and it’s nothing new to me. I genuinely value people having these goals but what I see all too often is people falling short as the timeframes they put on them are just to unrealistic.

If you’re the type of person who likes the whole idea of setting new year’s resolutions then my advice is to identify only one to three specific goals you would like to achieve that have genuine meaning to you.

Goal setting and planning are a great way to kick start a new journey, especially if you are stuck in a rut and failing to see any light at the end of the tunnel. Personal perspective is vital also as I have seen many a person set goals, feel great at the time only to be in the same position six months down the line. There has to be a unique emotional attachment that stimulates a person to take action and a process clearly outlined for that behavioural change to occur.

I love the quote by Mandela in which he stated “if you don’t create your own life then someone else will”.
So make sure to give yourself some time out in the next few days to think about what you would like to achieve in the weeks and months ahead. I find by writing these goals down you are making them physical and not as easy to break especially if you are reviewing them pretty regularly. Think of it like signing a non- negotiable contract with yourself to become better version of you.

Here are 5 simple steps to kick start your 2019:

1.Narrow your goals  and avoid setting goals to broad as this lack of clarity will frustrate you and make you want to give up.

2.Ensure to focus your energy on activities you enjoy and have a good accountability system to help you especially if it’s a new activity.

3.Set aside time to prioritise the most important people and your own downtime to help you avoid burnout or excess life stress.

4. Exercise

5. Practice gratitude, value each day and never hold any regrets.

I Hope you gained some value from this and if you have any questions I would love to hear them especially if you gave them a try yourself. You can find me on Instagram at @seaneflan or you can email me directly at

Also the latest episode of my podcast where I talk further about these topics and interview experts in the field of fitness, nutrition and lifestyle is now available on Itunes, Stitcher and Spotify for new listeners to enjoy !

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