Forget New Year resolutions. Autumn's where it’s at.

For many people, January is the month in which they vow to eat more healthily, get back into the gym and quit the booze.

But why write off 3 whole months? Just start now. October is by far a better time to start a new regime.

And why is that? Well, it’s because…

  1. British summertime normally means several months of beer gardens, holidays, BBQs and general bad behaviour, even when it’s not that sunny. Exercise is likely to have become a low priority too and your body is probably suffering. You need a detox.
  2. The likelihod is that you haven’t quite moved from summer mode into full on hibernating mode just yet, so it won’t be as hard to be more active in the evening.
  3. The kids have gone back to school and the summer holiday season at the office is over so work is not as crazy busy. You have more time to devote to yourself and your body.
  4. The warm weather has disappeared but the cold weather isn’t in full force yet. So it’s actually quite a pleasant temperature for exercise.
  5. It’s the start of a new season and a new term so there are often new classes beginning. Get involved.
  6. Exercise releases endorphins and will help combat winter blues or even Season Affective Disorder (SAD), for which the symptoms often start to appear in September.
  7. Research has shown that exercise can strengthen the immune system, therefore making us less susceptible to colds.
  8. It is damage limitation in its finest form. Eat healthily and drop a few pounds now and you won’t have to worry too much about all the food and booze on offer during Christmas!
  9. By Christmas and New Year you will have created new habits that are relatively easy to maintain compared with starting a brand new regime.
  10. January is miserable enough anyway. The fun is over and everyone is skint. Don’t make it harder!

So stock up on some healthy seasonal food, get your exercise plan in place, and start that new regime to combat that summer booze and BBQ belly!

And if you need any help, please give me a shout. Good luck!