...if you aim too high. To some of you that might sound a bit negative but I've seen it so many times, especially at this time of year.
If you set yourselves unrealistic goals. 99% of the time one of two things will happen, either you will get halfway there and give up because its not happening as quickly as you hoped it might or you will come close to achieving your target but you will have pushed yourself so hard to get there that you can't possibly keep it up and so you'll stop altogether.
If you want to achieve your goals, whether that's losing a couple dress sizes or increasing the size of your biceps then set some realistic goals, I obviously cant tell you what those would be without knowing more about each and every one of you.
Get some advice
You need to use common sense, you should definitely push yourself but within your limits. If you go to a gym then you can chat with a gym instructor about your goals, they wont charge you for advice. If not, then you can always ask our advice on our Facebook wall.
If you think trainers are purely a fashion statement and have no idea what else they could be used for then you wouldn't aim to run a marathon within one month, instead you would aim to run 5 miles by the end of month one, 10 miles by the end of month 2 and so on. I'm not saying you have to run to reach your goals, running is not for everyone, i just wanted to give you an example.
Achieving fitness goals
Break your fitness goals into smaller steps, if you aim to run a mararathon then you first mini-goal should be to run 1 mile, then 5 miles and then 10 miles. If your goal is to lose 5 dress sizes, then your first goal should be geting a suitable fitness program then you should work out some changes to your diet, both of these can be broken down again - you get the picture - small steps!
Please, please, please set yourselves real targets this year and you will stick with them, its all about small steps, I go into this in a lot more detail in my ebook as well as lots of other useful tips and advice, How to lose fat, if anyone is interested.