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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

5 Tips For Sticking To Your 2017 Fitness Goals

5 Tips for keeping to your new year fitness resolutionsI'd always thought I was in the minority by not creating New Year's resolutions, however after a bit of asking around, it seems many of us are opposed to the idea.  Instead, we set goals.  Ambitious but entirely manageable goals.  Thinking about it, goals are resolutions broken down into bitesize chunks, ready to be ticked off step-by-step throughout the year.  But anyway, regardless of whether you refer to them as 'resolutions' or 'goals', if the theme is fitness related, I might just be able to help...
Blog tips for keeping to your new year fitness resolution

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Tips for sticking to your winter fitness goalsCreating new fitness goals is the easy part, implementing and sticking to them is when things get trickier.  I was fortunate to have discovered the world of fitness years ago as a stress-reliever (check out my 5 Reasons To Start Running) and so I was unlikely to fight again the transition of having a routine - though having said that, the beginning is always the hardest!  With this in mind, I've put together 5 tips for sticking to your 2017 fitness goals; regardless of whether you're a fitness fanatic looking to up your game, or stepping into trainers for the first time since 441 B.C.  Because let's face it, January feels like a dumbbell to the face and so we can use any help we can get!
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Elle Sport printed colourful hooded jacket
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Make your resolution/goals manageable.  Be realistic about your starting point this year and how much you can achieve each week (while still making yourself proud).  You'll feel much better for reaching your targets, and much less likely to give in at the first hurdle.  This is partly why I'm a fan of goals, rather than one terrifying resolution.  And hey, if you surpass your benchmarks - fab!  


Be creative with your routine.  Regardless of how long you've been on your fitness journey, only good things can come from tweaking your schedule and occasionally trying something new.  It can be as simple as a new class, routine or jogging route  - perfect to consider in February when your motivation may be wavering.


Develop a healthy mindset.  Finding a way to deal with any setback will be way more beneficial to your overall goal than beating yourself up for ten days.  As many have said before, the path to success is a bumpy one and will see you have good and bad days alike.  Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and move on..


Find a balance between looking up fitness inspiration on Instagram and focussing on your own journey.  'Comparison is the thief of joy' - keep reminding yourself of your own, personal motives for wanting to raise your fitness game, rather than other people's goals.  Visualise your success.


Write out a reward plan and stick it on your noticeboard.  Set rewards (suiting your budget) and work towards them.  It could be makeup, lingerie, or personally I tend to buy activewear every 2-3 months once I've pushed through a goal - it's a win-win! 

Long hair worn in French plait for sport fitness
Mesh black and grey leggings by Elle Sport
UK fitness blogger tips on sticking to fitness goals

Jacket - Elle Sport Contour Zipped Jacket

Trainers - Nike 

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Elle Sport fitness clothing outdoors in nature
Can you see the cold breath?!  Dragon in training...
Tips for New Year's fitness resolution and goalsI hope my tips will be of some use to you over the next few months - just remember, the beginning is always the hardest and if you stay focussed and keep picking yourself up and moving forwards, it's only going to get more enjoyable as the year goes on!

I'd love to hear whether you've set yourself a fitness goal for 2017?  Let me know in the comments below!

With love,

Gabrielle x



  1. This was so helpful! One of my goals is to get fitter, but I always seem to lose the motivation to do so! This was a great post! X
    Victoria | VictoriaaHelenn

  2. Love this post :) I really need to follow some of these tips! I'm still in holiday mode and am drinking far too much and exercising far too little. I'll start next week...! Xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

  3. Great tips. I remember your five reasons to start running post! It’s always easier to break things down, but it took me a while to realise this haha. Happy New Year! Looking forward to amazing things from you.


  4. Those are great ideas Gabrielle! I agree, a healthy mental wellbeing is just as important as the physical part, thus why balancing and setting manageable goals would help someone like myself maintain my sanity while getting fit haha. Thanks for sharing hun! Happy 2017! ::) xo~ Lena

  5. These are fab tips! Being realistic about your goals from the get go is really so important. I'm happy to say that I've already worked out twice since the new year has started ;p

  6. Fantastic tips! So far I am sticking to my fitness I will have to come to this list when I am feeling myself slip ;) But, it's good to get back to fitness and feeling good :)) :D

  7. Thanks for the tips. I'm really trying to be often in the gym and exercise..
    Love your workout look.

  8. As soon as I see the benefits I get motivated to carry on. It's just the initial routine that I find difficult.
    The Crown Wings

  9. This is very timely, Gabrielle! I'd add, stick the schedule in your diary although that doesn't always mean that I stick to it ;-)

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  10. I have goals instead of resolutions as well, but I dont set them on NYE, instead I set them whenever they seem appropriate. But your tips are going to help no matter the day, I guess.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  11. I set goals too rather than resolutions! I'd really love to start running outside again this year - I've got too used to the treadmill!
    Amy xx

  12. I really, really want to start running again this year. I miss running but Uni has been overwhelming to say the least. Thanks so much for these tips, Gabrielle! I'll be sure to try them out <3

    xx BASH   ||   HEY BASH

  13. Goals are definitely the way to go - they dont seem as overwhelming! I also think buying nice workout clothes is a good motivation to keep fit! It's important to not over do the exercise though and to keep a healthy mindset as you say :)

    Cyber Mermaids | Alternative beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog

  14. Wonderful and perfect! I follow you blog, please follow me too.

  15. These a nice tips and awesome fitness wear :)


  16. Being creative with ur routine is a good one and I agree with all 5 points, amazing tips and I hope FINGERS CROSSED that I will stick to my exercise routine once my baby is here!! That's the plan anyway! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! Happy New Year to you and your family!! Dominica from

  17. Thanks for the fitness tips! I'm terrible when it comes to exercise and often give up after 2 or 3 months. :( Nevertheless, I'll definitely keep these in mind when I eventually embark on my fitness journey this year. I really like the idea of rewarding yourself after reaching a set goal. :P

    Olivia x | Liviatiana

  18. First off, you look absolutely beautiful in these photos; I love your hair styled in a french braid! I also love your workout clothes, they're both stylish and practical. I agree with all your tips. I've fallen guilty of setting unrealistic goals for myself and when I didn't meet them, I'd beat myself up about it. The key is certainly working in small increments to achieve manageable goals. I also agree that looking for inspiration without comparison is also key. Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you're having a wonderful week so far!



  19. Great post, You speak so much sense. I love your workout clothes Gabrielle and great photos. Happy 2017!

    Gemma x

  20. Great tips! I agree that setting manageable goals and thinking of a reward is the way to go <3

  21. I love your tips, especially the one with giving ourselves a reward after completing a goal or task :)
    I don't know why I am not an active person, I was never attracted to sports and such, but I think I need to do my best this year and start to work out more.

  22. This is definitely one of the hardest resolutions to stick to! But these are some great tips. Good luck to us all! :)

    Katie |

  23. Looking at your perfect body makes me feel like going out and start running! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

  24. I love that jacket, the tropical print is really nice. I love your tips too, I think the ones about being creative and having a reward system are really good too, that way you can work towards a goal rather than seeing it as "I need to do x, y and z otherwise I will have failed." I've heard a lot about running being used as a stress reliever so I think I need to start it up as I've been struggling again recently. Great post Gabrielle! - Tasha

  25. I agree, the beginning is always the hardest part. Once you set up a routine and make time for workouts in your schedule, it sort of becomes like brushing your teeth. Sort of! ;)

  26. I love the assortment of athletic wear that is coming out now. Love yours Gabrielle. It truly makes you feel like working out. When you look good you feel good. I also like the variety of exercises that are offered in fitness clubs, on DVD etc. There's a lot more to choose from.

  27. These tips are so helpful! Thanks for sharing! Also loving the is so cute!

  28. Happy New Year Gabrielle! I only got back on the fitness wagon a couple of months ago. My goal is to remain consistent and keep going. Working out 3-4 times a week for half an hour is what I'm aiming for. It may seem little but if done regularly will pay off greatly.


  29. Amazing tips! Love the pics!

  30. These are all such wonderful tips, Gabrielle. I've always had a hard time sticking to a fitness regime mostly because I get bored very easily. I'll defo keep in mind to change up my routine through time. Also, can we talk about how cute your hair is in this post?!


  31. I honestly didn't even set any fitness goals for the new year because I'm always so bad at sticking to them. This post was inspiring though! I need to reevaluate my fitness lol.

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

  32. These are excellent tips! I've yet to step foot back in the gym so far this year but we're only 5 days in ;-) Love tip number 3 especially! x

    Sick Chick Chic

  33. Great tips Gabrielle!! I think these steps are very easy to follow and achieve. My fitness goal for this year is to start running again so I will put them in practice!

    Also, your activewear is on point! ;)


    Seize your Style

  34. I agree about setting goals instead of resolutions, most of us bloggers seem to think so. Fitness has been the area I find easiest to stick to achieving my goals because I'm much more comfortable doing sport than really anything else in life. I agree with all your points here and your pictures are amazing.

  35. Ahhh, you look fabulous already! Thanks for the tips, girl!

    xoxo from California!


  36. Great tips, Gabrielle! When it comes to fitness, consistency is key, at least for me with my busy schedule I workout in the early mornings but sometimes it's later. I tend to just set goals instead of traditional resolutions. Your jacket looks lovely. For performance wear unique colours and patterns are my favourite.

  37. These are great tips, Gabrielle. You are absolutely right about staying creative about the routine, and rewarding ourselves can also help stay motivated. Love this workout outfit on you.
    Nina's Style Blog

  38. I love these tips! One of my resolutions for 2017 is to go to the gym more often, which I do normally but I'd like to work out 5-6 times a week. I find that attending various classes at my local gym helps keep me from getting bored!

  39. I think a reward plan is great motivation, thanks for sharing!

  40. These are all inspiring tips, Gabrielle! I love how you put it, "goals are resolutions broken down into bitesize chunks"! As always, you look gorgeous in all your photos! Happy New Year sweetie! xo

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

  41. Awesome tips lovely! Love the gym wear outfit x

    Nev | Miss Nev

  42. Love your workout outfit and great tips. I want to eat clean this year.

  43. I always find it hard to get back on track after the holidays, either it's xmas or summer time. My goal is to work out at least 3 times a week and also walk/run more. Love your photos, you look so cute with your gym outfit and I must remember to buy a new outfit soon, pretty clothes for the gym are a great motivation! x


  44. I love your quote Gabrielle..."January is like a dumbbell to the face" that really made me laugh out loud :) because it's so true! The hardest thing I find is the's hovering around the -5C mark in Geneva at the minute and during spring and summer I love going running outside or hiking but it's so cold now that I don't want to. That being said I need to find exercises that I can do at home and which don't involve going into the freezing cold xx

  45. Great tips on how to stick to our resolutions/goals, Gabrielle! Fantastic post for a healthy start to the New Year :-) Wishing you all the best for 2017!


  46. Ah see now I've always thought of new years resolutions and goals as the same thing! I suppose it depends on how you interpret it all though doesn't it?

    I haven't set myself any fitness goals for the year because I'm in a pretty good routine at the moment so I'm just trying to stick to it now!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  47. Girl I love this post, I think that one of the most important factors is to be realistic about your expectations, putting to much pressure on yourself to achieve too much just does the opposite and scares people off!

    Hayley xo

  48. These are all on point, Gabrielle! My favorite is definitely creating a healthy mindset. This can be so hard to do for so many reasons! When you have that beautiful mindset, then everything falls into place. You look amazing! xx

  49. I always set fitness goals every year but I always fail midway. I lose interest and become lazy to maintain them. This is why I always need someone to train with me because if I do it alone, I will procrastinate until I lose the interest and never do it.

    Your tips plus a fitness buddy would definitely help me reach my fitness goals! :)

    The Pink Lemonade Girl

  50. Love the sporty shots & you look great, my dear! Happy 2017! xoxo

  51. Your fitness look is so cute! I definitely need to make my routine more fun, because I get so easily bored and loose motivation.


  52. Love all of these tips and totally agree, starting small and changing up your routine are super important! I love your activewear too, it looks so good on you!


  53. Lovely tips, I'm going to take these on board this year because I'm looking to get fit!

    Lauren x |

  54. I love these tips, lady- and you are so cute + fit in this post!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  55. Thanks for the tips, I definitely need a little nudge this January!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  56. I completely agree with you that it's a lot easier to set smaller manageable goals. I really need to get back to my routine so these tips are just what I needed.

  57. It's wonderful that you have found something that you enjoy! I don't particularly enjoy running, but dance is such great fun for me! I love your running outfit!

    Much love,
    Marianne x

  58. These are all great ideas! Being creative with workouts (and doing what works for YOU) is so key. I'm also loving your workout clothes here... cute active wear is always motivational! Hope your first week of 2017 has been awesome.

    Kathryn •

  59. It's hard to lose the weight gained during the holidays but your precious, manageable and realistic advice gives me courage. Tomorrow I will go swimming again. Back to my Saturday routine.
    Well done, Gaby :)

  60. Some good tips there! Especially the reward process, that's a good idea!


  61. I definitely think it's important to make manageable and realistic goals! Love that yours is around fitness and health. PS, did you also just update your site? I'm loving the new layout!


  62. Love this post, and how great is Elle sportswear xx

  63. Great advice - and lovely pictures!!

    Charlotte x

  64. Estás guapísima, me encanta el post!!

  65. This is a great post, I definitely agree it's so important to set manageable goals rather than going too crazy!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

  66. Such a great post, Gabrielle!! Happy new year, sweetie!! Hope you had the most amazing time at Christmas & New Year's, love <3
    I am definitely all for goal setting! Especially when it comes to fitness :) I am really determined to start a proper healthy diet, move more and change my workout routine & I got those baby steps all set. There are days when I just crave that chocolate bar or a big sandwich but hey, you've got to enjoy life and keep things balanced :)
    The photos are amazing & you look stunning in that workout gear!! Way to go, babe!
    xox Nadia

  67. I believe this is really motivational! And by the way, I admire your hair - so long and it looks amazing in the braid :)

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  68. Loved reading this post. Your tips are on point. Happy weekend sweetie <3

    xoxo Eva |

  69. I was doing really well with my fitness regime and then December hit and I got out of my routine and now I'm really struggling to get back into it. I will definitely try out your tips and hopefully it will help me get back on track, after all, I need to burn off all those mince pies! x

  70. dumbell to the face-lol-I love it-I am going to do what you're doing-it's working
    Happy New Year,


  71. Happy New Year Gabrielle! Great tips! I love these photos and I love your workout clothes; so stylish and practical. I just started working out again and I'm trying not to set unrealistic goals for myself or try to work out everyday because I know I won't be able to. Instead, I stick to every other day and it's been working great so far. Thanks for sharing such great tips. Have a great weekend Hun! xo

    Face to Curls |

  72. These tips are so real.
    I will join with yoga and slim & fit with tridex band class again this January.
    I hope this time I could really stick to it x.

  73. No wonder you have such an amazing figure, Gabrielle! I love that running outfit, by the way. The jacket is adorable, and the leggings with side panel details are also very cool. I agree with all of your points, and I can relate to exercising to relieve stress. I've found that it also helps me to avoid the winter blues. Thanks for an inspiring post! xo

    Janea |

  74. You are so beautiful! Thank you for the tips!

  75. I don't do New Year's resolution, but instead I always step-up my game like an increment every year :)

  76. Love this post! Agree with this completely :) weight loss has been a life changer for me in particular, and I love when I see people who are so passionate about health like I am (it makes me so excited to start my degree in nutrition). Love this post and the way you've highlighted that a healthy mindset is so important.
    Instagram: imogen.k

    Ps: you're absolutely gorgeous!!

  77. If only I looked as fabulous as you do in your gym gear! I certainly need to get my butt back down the gym and back to healthy eating, unfortunately my willpower is zilch at the moment. Thanks for sharing lovely, might try and ease myself back in this week! :)
    Jaz xoxo

  78. Great sporty look! I think we should try to make our exercise a part of our daily habits. For example, I sometimes work out while listening to audio books. That way I don't have the feeling I'm missing out on anything, you know? We can also find a working out buddy- that way we can exercise and connect with some friend- or even form a new friendship. I think it is very important that our fitness goal work well with our other goals- that way we avoid stressing over the lack of time.

  79. Some really refreshing and fantastic tips here in regards to fitness, I don't make New Year's resolutions, at least I don't call them that. Rather I take each year as an change to inject a more positive outlook on life and embrace things perhaps I hadn't done before.

    Fitness is so important and you're very right it really is a great form of stress relief! It's so important to work out and I do daily doing HIIT training as you know. Creating a healthy balanced lifestyle with a great diet is also important, the combination together works so well.

    You are looking great and so toned, and really do like your sportswear here it suits you very nicely! Perhaps we can swap some more fitness tips soon.

    Great post and keep up the good work!

    Laura x x x

  80. My goal this year is to eat less chocolate - so far I'm doing ok :)
    Great post!!

  81. How did I miss this post? Ha!! I so needed this. Implementing and keeping it going is indeed the hardest. Thanks for sharing, beautiful and I hope to work much hard on the being healthy this year.


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