We’ve all been there – the New Year’s health resolutions made in January full of enthusiasm but which have fizzled out by early February.
So what can you do to kickstart your fitness plans for 2019 so that you stick to them?
• Enrol in a gym now
That way, you’ve already made the commitment, psychologically and financially, to your health in the New Year. You won’t have to force yourself to do it after the festive season, when it’s likely to be very busy.
If you prefer the structure, company and instruction of a class, check out what classes are on offer – maybe a blast of boxing or body pump would be a good swap for the cross-trainer? Equally, if you already go to classes, consider swapping them around a bit to have a change from your regular Tuesday night spin session.
• Try something new
Workout trends are changing all the time, and new forms of exercise are always being invented, so there’s always something new to try. How about an outdoor cardio blast session complete with Sumo squats, bike crunches, burpees and long jumps? Invest in an exercise ball, take up trail running or sign up for a sailing or rowing club. Or consider one of the hottest trends in fitness – a High Interval Intensity Training (HIIT) workout – which pairs bursts of activity with equally short rest periods.
Above all find something you enjoy and that makes you feel good.
If you’re looking to YouTube for inspiration, consider the likes of Blogilates, BeFIT or BodyRock – and get in shape for free from the comfort of your own home.
• Food swaps
Unfortunately, as you’re no doubt aware, no exercise regime is so good that it allows you to eat anything and everything you want.
One easy trick is to do some simple food swaps – here are some of them:
• Wholewheat rather than white pasta
• Sweet rather than baked jacket potatoes
• Brown or ‘cauli-rice’ rather than the white version
• Make your own porridge rather than eating a standard shop-bought one
• Wholemeal or rye rather than white bread
• The fruit itself (i.e. an apple or orange) rather than the sugary juice
• Sugary energy drinks to WOW HYDRATE to fuel your workouts
When it comes to eating, before you throw yourself into the latest diet fad, think about your goals, and why you want to lose weight. How will you make a real difference to your body and avoid yo-yo dieting? Are you merely keen to lose weight because you feel guilty?
As with anything else, goals need to be kept small, specific and with the odd treat thrown in along the way to keep things real. ‘New Year, new you’, for example, is a tired old cliché and not a meaningful aim.
Don’t forget to track your progress along the way.
Finally, remember that with WOW HYDRATE and WOW PROTEIN, you can keep fully hydrated as you embrace your New Year regime. Look out for some great discounts that we’ll be offering early in 2019.
Happy New Year!