New Year New Me: 10 fitness resolutions (and how to keep them)
This entry was posted on 19/12/2019.
There’s something about the turn of the clock on New Year’s eve that give us hope of a fresh start. We’ve all felt compelled by the old ‘new year new me’ adage to get fit, lose weight or just get healthier, but then fallen off the wagon by January 3rd.
There’s nothing wrong with making resolutions to be healthier and there’s nothing wrong with failing from time to time; but we want to help you achieve your goals for long term change. We’ve put together 10 fitness resolutions (and how to keep them).
1. Make a fitness goal
It sounds obvious but setting out a goal isn’t so straight forward. Everybody is different so your fitness goal may not be a simple as “lose x kilos”. Maybe you just want to tone up. Maybe you want to improve your stamina, or lift heavier. Setting out exactly want you want to achieve is the first step in visualising the healthier you.
2. Get moving
Often New Year’s resolutions fall down, because simply getting active after the Christmas holidays is the hardest time to start. The mornings are dark, we are used to eating heavily and sleeping patterns are disrupted. The best way to combat this is to establish a habit. Baywatch’s Zach Efron spoke to Men’s Health Magazine on the importance of training daily as and when you can. "All you have to change is one practice or one thing in your pattern," he says. "Try and implement one solid routine change and over time, you’ll see results from just doing that repeatedly."
3. Eat better
When you are still in the midst of a Turkey hangover or there are still some remaining Milky Ways left in the Celebration’s tin, implementing a new healthy eating regime can be a drag. The best place to start is by nailing your food-prep. We often make bad food choices when we are out and about with limited options. By batch cooking healthy meals at the start of the week, you can manage what goes in your body easily. Pinterest or http://mybodymykitchen.com/ are a great place to start for some delicious food-prep ideas.
4. Drink water
Another ‘easier said than done’ resolution we have the best intentions of sticking to, only to go right back to existing on lattes at our desks. Buying a reusable bottle with water measures are an economical and environmentally friendly place to start. Hydrate bottles from Amazon.co.uk have a handy measure to remind you to drink lots of water throughout the day. A dehydrated body is not optimised for health, fitness or brain function. If you stick to one resolution this year make it this one.
5. Stop swerving the gym
How many times did you go to the gym this year? Are you paying an expensive membership for no reason? Perhaps you’d be more suited to working out at home? Focus on your personal goal. If working out at this gym is top of your list then help yourself by ensuring you will go at the end of the day (when you don’t feel like it), or first thing in the morning. People who pack their gym bag each day are statistically less likely to avoid the gym.
6. Get fit doing something you like
Do you hate running? Does the idea of running fill you with utter dread? Then choosing to start running in the new year might not be a long lasting fitness plan. Be realistic, and thing about things you DO like to do. Hate cardio? Start slowly and build up, and focus on lifting weights or pilates or yoga. Fancy yourself on Strictly? Why not check out your local dancing classes. Finding a new sport or class activity where you are required to attend each week has better long term prospects than simply dragging yourself to the gym.
7. Don’t give up
Everyone fails. It’s human nature. People who are consistent in their approach to health and fitness will tell you they fail all the time. The key is to give yourself a break and get back on it. Bad weekend after a night out? Over indulged on holiday? It’s fine! Just keep your goals in mind when your routine returns to normal.
8. Try a session with a PT
Maybe you keep failing because you simply didn’t know where to start? Gyms usually offer one free training session with a personal trainer, or at least an introductory price. Just one session with a trainer can help you fully understand your goals and give you a solid plan on how to achieve them.
9. A bit at a time
It’s tempting with a new regime to go all out on a strict diet and fitness plan. The trouble is the harder you go the quicker you burn out. Instead of jumping in at the deep end, start small and build your way up. That way every goal and milestone is 10x more achievable and you are less likely to burn out.
10. Track your progress
Knowing where you are in terms of health and fitness will help you or your trainer set realistic goals.
The best way to assess your current physicality is to use a body composition scale. The Marsden MBF-6010 is the ideal scale to fully understand your metrics. The medically approved scale creates a complete picture of body health. Body composition scales provide readings on Fat Mass Body Water, BMI and more. Understanding your % body fat or muscle density can help you target areas you’d like to work on.
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