With Christmas over and January already here, many of us feel extra sluggish due to too many late nights, more alcohol than we normally consume and maybe a few too many pieces of Christmas cake. Many people decide in December that once Christmas is out of the way, they will get fitter and lose a few pounds.
Here are a few tips to help you stay on track:
1. Tell Your Friends and Family Your Plans
The more support you have from people around you, the better. You never know - they may be thinking of a similar plan themselves and want to join you. Extra support is always a good thing and a little healthy competition doesn’t hurt anyone.
2. Be Realistic
Don’t set your sights too high: work out what is practical and fits in with work and family commitments. If you commit to too ambitious a routine, then you will end up giving up, as it will become too stressful. Sit down with your partner and your diary and make time when it’s most convenient for you to work out. If you haven’t exercised for some time, start off with a realistic program, two one hour sessions per week, start by power walking or joining a group exercise class, swimming is a good full body workout too.
3. Keep track of your progress
Set yourself goals that are achievable. If you want to lose weight, start off with a goal of 5 pounds not 20 pounds, a healthy maintainable weight loss is 1-2lbs a week. If you’re just starting out with a new fitness plan or running schedule, set a milestone (couch to 5KM for example), every week you will up your game and it’s all about getting better every week. Why not try a 30-day squat challenge – see how many you can do, as long as you do more each day it’s an improvement. Always reward yourself when you reach your goals – perhaps with a new outfit or a meal out with your partner.
4. Keep Going and Keep Trying.
Don’t beat yourself up if you are starting to run out of steam by the end of January. Recommit and take it a day at a time. You can stick to anything for 24 hours. Before you know it, you will be back on track and feeling positive about the changes you have made.
5. Join a Group or Fitness Class.
Having others around you that are trying to achieve the same things makes a huge difference. Not only will this become some valuable ‘you’ time, you will also meet new people. Once you start seeing results and making new friends through fitness, you will want to keep going!
Top to Toe Fitness have classes every week. People at all levels of fitness are welcome!
A new outdoor fitness class will start from Monday 5th January 2015 at 9.30am at Gore Court Rec (Grove Park), near Key Street, Sittingbourne.
Indoor classes will be held from 8th January 2015 at Bredgar Village Hall, Bredgar, Sittingbourne, ME9 8HB
If you would prefer one-to-one training then please contact Charlotte Shaw either by telephone or email.
Tel : 07949222967 or e mail : Charlotte@toptotoefitness.co.uk