Updated: Feb 21, 2019
Like many people I tend to start each new year looking ahead and thinking about what I want to achieve over the coming 12 months.
This is partly due to the tradition at this time of year, but also because of basic human nature; the instinct that many of us have to set targets and to have ambitions.
Not everyone has ambitions of course, or people’s ambitions can be limited by circumstance to the point that their ability to set targets and have realistic hopes for the future are hindered by material or personal circumstances. But for those of us lucky enough to be able to have aspirational plans for the future this is as good as time as any to look ahead and think about how to get things done in the months ahead.
Where our bodies, health and fitness are concerned, setting ambitious targets for ourselves usually comes down to matters of diet, behaviour and a personal investment of time and energy to reach realistic outcomes. We may find ourselves at this time of year above our ideal weight (likely, for obvious reasons) or under it (possibe, but not so likely), not exactly in the physical condition we would like to be in (likely, again) or preparing for a fitness event taking place some time in the coming year.
All of which, in one way or another, involves giving attention to our behaviour - that is, what we do with our time, social conditions and regular, repeating actions in the course of our daily lives.
Behaviour is something which, ironically, receives a great deal of attention in the mass media, whilst at the same time appearing slightly off our own personal radar, partly because of what can appear to be the mechanical and automatic nature of our repeated actions. In its broadest context, behaviour can be seen as a manifestation of how we interact with our environment, as well as the people around us