Make achievable promises instead - like fitting in more exercise time, British sport's leading lady tells Zest's Victoria Tremlin
For Denise Lewis OBE, 2013 has a lot to live up to. The success of her Olympic predecessors had our former heptathlon gold medallist leaping from her pundit's chair with joy in the BBC studio.
‘The Olympics were beyond my wildest dreams; from the torch relay right through to the closing ceremony. It’s been a phenomenal year,’ she says.
While TeamGB hit a whopping 65 in the medals count up – 29 of them gold – Denise celebrated her own double digits. ‘I hit 40 this year, which is a landmark in any woman’s life – if you embrace it.’
This once-elite athlete and now high-profile media professional is no stranger to dedication. Yet Denise says she avoids making New Year’s resolutions. ‘I don’t like to let myself down by breaking them.’
So instead of setting herself up for failure, she makes an achievable promise, ‘This year I might pledge to allow myself more exercise time.’
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As Sydney 2000’s Heptathlon winner, she's already conquered seven disciplines. But watching Freddie Flintoff recently go from British cricket’s national treasure to professional heavyweight boxer has inspired Denise to reassess her sporting goalposts.
‘He’s inspired me to challenge my outlook on exercise and fitness. If you want to put your mind to it you can do it; that’s going to be my motto for next year.’
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Her top tactic is to make goals realistic.
Denise advises, ‘Break down what you can fit into your week from an exercise point of view and make sure you stick to it. Don’t make too many targets. Take one goal first, achieve that and then move on to the next.'
For more tips on how to make your New Year masterplan, check out the 16-page special in Zest's January issue.
Denise Lewis was talking from sports retailer Decathlon’s new store opening in Southampton. To find out more about how your family can try a new sport go to www.decathlon.co.uk
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