This is the first week I have been back working with my Clients since the Christmas break. They are all looking to start the new year the correct way but have found the transition from the festive period to the reality of the new year a bit tough. With new, fresh hope comes the drive to kick start new habits, new ideas and a new you. Below are our top tips on getting right back on the waggon again and making 2019 the best yet!
- Get back into a routine
Sounds simple but Christmas in particular can just throw you entirely. It gets to the point where you just don’t even know what day of the week it is when you have some time off from work. The hysteria is over, the tinsel is packed away in the loft and even the bin collection with the last of the cardboard boxes has gone. Us humans are built for routine. It keeps us mentally and physically stable, we can plan, we know where we are and it calms the whole situation. Try to get back into your exercise and nutrition routine as quickly as you can. We promise you, this will make you feel in control again and your system will thank you for it.
- Set realistic goals
New Years Resolutions. We all do it and all have good intentions. But the excuses usually start fairly swiftly after Big Ben has chimed at midnight. I don’t have the time or I don’t have the money usually being the biggest reasons. If you really want to do something though, you will make it happen. I am a big fan of aiming for the stars, but when it comes to goal setting from a training and nutrition perspective, start small and build on it. ‘I want a six pack in a month.’ Fine if you are nearly there already and are extremely on point with your diet, but be more realistic if your Body Mass Index is pointing to the fact that this will not be achievable until at least 6 months. Discuss with your PT as to how realistic each goal is and they can help you on your journey to smashing each one correctly.
The trickiest one of the lot. A new year brings new hope but by the end of Jan when you haven’t got paid for a very long time, the bank balance is looking scary and it is freezing and bleak outside, keeping a positive mental attitude towards anything seems impossible. Exercise releases endorphins that scientifically helps with this sub-consciously. Achieving goals, even if this is to make it to the gym once a week is highly satisfying and gives you a fabulous sense of achievement. It is also your Personal Trainers job to keep you on track with your PMA. We know you can do it. You know you can do it. So crack on and carry on being amazing!
- Be prepared
I don’t know how many times a week I say this but prep is the key to success, particularly when trying to keep on point with your diet. Your PT will ensure your exercise schedule is where it needs to be – you just need to ensure you do it J
At the weekend, do your ‘big shop’ and get all the ingredients you will need for your meals (lunch being the most important one, as most people are usually out of the house at this point). Do a big prepping session, get your multiple meals in tupperware and then all you need to do is grab them out of the fridge each morning. Simples!
Happy New Year everyone! Its going to be a good one!
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