New Continental Hotel Gym

Top tips on how to make a fresh start, and maintain it,

with the New Continental Hotel Gym.

We live in a society obsessed with success and perfection. There are shelves full of bestsellers and websites crammed with bloggers offering advice on how to be the 'best you'.

So, when we decide it’s the perfect time to make tweaks and improvements to our health, how can we make sure we maintain it? 

A goal without a plan is just a wish...

Setting a goal and making a plan is the best way of sustaining change. Once you have given yourself a goal it will command your thoughts and attention; it will unshackle your energy and inspire your hopes. If we simply set an ambiguous plea, a wish so to speak, then we will inevitably fail.

What to do ...

The root of the problem is that our brains have a malfunction when it comes to over-valuing immediate pleasures over future ones!

We are all too quick to right off a week because of one slip! Be that a wine on Wednesday, or a bag of hola-hoops on a Tuesday, we than have to start all over again on a Monday!

Yet our willpower isn’t the only tool to foster self-control – our mind is also key! So, we have to give our mind a make- over by giving it a plan!

Three steps...

In these three steps you can turn the invisible into visible, and the impossible into possible...

1, Make your goal specific.

Rather than say ‘I want to start running’ or ‘I want to lose weight’ make a measurable goal so that you can have a realistic plan. I want to be able to run a mile by December; or I want to lose 14lbs by March 1st.

2, Make your goal your own.

Sounds obvious when you read the words, but so many of us either consciously or subconsciously do things for EVERYONE other than for us!


Looking after other people as our natural default - but make this goal a selfish one. If you want to steal a few hours a week to swim and spend time in the sauna – do it for you. Plan the time into your week and make it happen. The best thing we can do for ourselves, is give ourselves time.

3, Make your goal a positive one.

The ‘I’m not going to eat carbs’ or ‘I’m going to stop drinking alcohol’ are negative goals. Goals that many of us know we won’t be able to keep. If you pick positive goals, you'll be working to become something new, rather than avoiding being something you no longer wish to be.

Why does it matter..?

It matters because you matter. Life doesn’t give us the option to go back and fix what we have done in the past, but it does allow us to live each day better than the last. If you use the pandemic to focus on a new plan, the change in focus will produce a change in your self-worth and happiness.

Whether it’s having fun finding a weekday non-alcoholic alternative drink, factoring in three hours of ‘you’ time a week or joining a Gym and making new friends. Whatever the goal, whatever the plan, believe in yourself. You deserve to accomplish your goals.


Adam, Club Continental Manager, joined Club Continental in 1994. An accomplished martial arts practitioner and amateur boxer. Adam’s passion is fitness training and his enthusiasm is infectious.

“I get great fulfillment from seeing people of all ages getting into a regular exercise, whether it’s for sports fitness, weight loss or a specific health related programme. People can progress so far in a short period of time, with the right fitness programme, support and encouragement.”