How are you going to make your 2016 fucking awesome?

There is a reason a lot of us use January as a time to refocus on our health and fitness. Getting fit and strong feels great. But developing a new habit is hard. Research seems to vary, saying that it takes between 30-60 days to create a habit that sticks, so you need to accept that the first month or two will take effort, and you need to delay your gratification; no short term fixes here. 

So what can we do to add a successful new habit into our life? Firstly, I'd suggest changing your measurement of success for the first month. Rather than focusing on the physical changes (and then getting despondent after a week or so), set a target to celebrate action and habit making. Celebrate the fact that you exercised 4 times this week. It doesn't matter what exercise, how successful you felt while doing it. Just celebrate that you've started forming your habit. The rest can come later. Your goal is to create a habit.

Secondly, don't set a crazy goal that is too far from your reality. Going from no exercise to 7 days a week rarely happens. If you're suddenly expecting to wake up an hour earlier each and every day, you may well end up feeling like a failure. 

Lastly, really understand that you're in this for the long term. You want your habit to last months, and years, not just a January fad. This means there's plenty of room for wobbles along the way, you haven't failed for missing a session or two, as long as you get back to it. You want to look back, this time next January, and be the person you wanted to be; someone who has exercise and fitness as a regular part of their life.