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HEALTH & WELLBEING: Put a Spring in Your Step!

GLL’s fitness and wellness coach Taofique Folarin says it’s time to shake off those winter blues and enter a season of renewed energy and vitality!

So, those New Year’s resolutions we all make? The ones where we swear we’ll hit the gym five times a week, eat nothing but kale, and finally master that downward dog pose in yoga? Well, guess what? It’s okay if you haven’t quite nailed them yet. Look, life happens. Despite our best intentions, we sometimes miss a workout and overindulge. And you know what? That’s perfectly fine! We’re human, not machines!

The key is to focus on progress, not perfection. Celebrate those small victories—like that extra push-up you managed, the extra kilogram you lifted or choosing a salad over fries. These are the stepping stones to your bigger goals. Every step forward, no matter how small, is a win! And if you’ve veered off track from your goals or resolutions,
don’t sweat it. Instead, use it as an opportunity to reflect, reconnect and reassess.

Here are a few pointers to help you on your way:


  • Celebrate Achievements: Acknowledge the progress made so far, no matter how small. Every step counts!
  • Identify Obstacles: Pinpoint any challenges or barriers that may have hindered progress toward the original goal.
  • Adjust Expectations: Recognise that goals may need to be modified based on individual circumstances and realities.
  • Embrace Flexibility: Remain open to adapting goals and strategies to better align with changing priorities and circumstance


• Reconnect with your Why: Reflect on the underlying motivations behind your original goals and assess whether they still resonate.

• Explore New Interests: Be open to exploring new fitness activities or approaches that may better align with current interests and passions.

• Set Realistic Expectations: Ensure that goals are challenging yet attainable, taking into account time constraints, resources and other commitments.

• Seek Support: Reach out to friends, family, or a fitness professional for encouragement, accountability, and guidance.


• Smaller Steps: Divide larger goals into smaller, more manageable tasks to make progress feel more achievable.

• Adjust Timelines: Extend or shorten timelines as needed to better reflect realistic expectations and accommodate any changes in circumstance.

• Experiment with New Approaches: Explore different workout routines, nutritional strategies, or scheduling options to find what works best for you.

• Practice Self-Compassion: Be kind to yourself during adjustment periods and recognise that setbacks are a natural part of the process.

• Stay Flexible and Adaptive: Remain open to further adjustments as needed and be willing to pivot based on feedback and outcomes.

Let’s promise to do our best, whatever that looks like this season. Let’s show ourselves some love and kindness because we deserve it. And let’s remember that it’s not about where we are now—it’s about our journey.

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