Personal trainer Les Slinn suggests ways for arriving at this point in 12 months time feeling fitter, happier and more confident
This time of year people are full of New Year resolutions looking for that quick fix, that new wonder diet that will change their lives, they join gyms or start doing home DVDs all with good intentions.
But, as so often is the case, enthusiasm starts to wane and eventually they give up.
So what can we do? The first thing is to keep up the resolution to get fitter. Going for a brisk walk, for example, the hardest thing is to take the first step out the door. Once you’re out you have to keep going; perhaps go with a friend or join one of the town’s several walking groups.
I always tell my clients to note the time it takes to complete that route so that you have a target to improve. You’ll be surprised how competitive you become, and quite quickly you’ll burn calories, strengthen muscles and bones, and lose weight.
Maybe running is for you. There are local running classes taking people from absolute beginners, or start a run-walk programme which gives you the incentive to put on your trainers. Start the journey and who knows what you will achieve this year?
Some people prefer to work out in gyms and classes. If you belong to a gym ensure your workout changes regularly to keep you motivated. It also keeps your body guessing to get better gains, and prevents your muscles from getting used to the same exercises. Perhaps book different fitness classes, again maybe with a friend, although if you go often enough it is a great way to meet people.
Whilst talking about lifestyle changes and also eating habits, I find the best way is to get clients to fill in a weekly food diary or use a free app ‘My Fitness Pal’ which is very useful to record what you’re eating. We usually find people are either eating too much, too late or sometimes not enough of the correct food.
Whatever you decide to do, keep exercise regular, make it part of your new lifestyle in 2016. You will be healthier, weigh less, have more energy, be more confident, want to do more and have a more positive outlook. Remember ‘Life is for Living.’
A Happy Healthy New Year.
To ask Les to get your new fitness regime going, call 07833 582788