Health and fitness can quite often be at the top of the agenda as we start a New Year. We thought we’d give you some pointers when it comes to making your fitness resolutions for 2018.
Sometimes starting something new can seem daunting; the way to overcome this is to break your goals down into bite size pieces. Small targets over a shorter time are far more useful than big, hard to reach goals.
The next bit of advice is to make your plan REALSTIC and ensure that the plan is about YOU. DO NOT BENCHMARK YOURSELF AGAINST OTHERS.
Oh and one more thing! There is no point tagging along with your friend to a class if you don’t enjoy it, you’ll quickly give up. Your plan needs to work for you and, more importantly, it needs to be FUN. Strive for your first small target and when you get there you will be well on your way…
We will be with you throughout the year to help you along your fitness journey. But here’s 6 tips to help you start:-
- Consider your fitness goals
What are you looking to achieve from your new plan? Is it all about losing weight or are you looking to improve your fitness? Try to look at the two hand in hand for the healthiest outcomes.
Also, do you think that you need help to achieve your goals? If you do, why not try a PT session where it will be tailored all around you? They can even help you with your plan.
- Start low and progress slowly
Remember you aren’t going to go from couch potato to fitness god overnight. SLOW PROGRESS IS BETTER THAN NO PROGRESS! Split down your goals into manageable sizes, for example if you’d love to lose 1 stone, break it down into pounds per week that way you can really motivate yourself and see the results as they happen. If you don’t reach your goal the next target is still within sight and so you stay motivated.
- Build activity into your daily routine
You don’t have to run a marathon everyday, but doing at least 30 minutes of exercise will have a real impact on your fitness. If you start with something short in your routine you’ll be surprised how quickly you start to make more and more time in your schedule for your fitness.
Why not give one of our classes a try. They offer short, guided and effective ways of getting fit.
- Plan to include different activities
It’s important to switch up your routine and do different types of activities so that your body and mind continue to stay engaged. Be sure to try to include something that you never thought you would do, as you may find that you love it. You are the only person that can really push you to succeed.
- Allow time for recovery
You may want to train every day, for hours at a time, but remember your body and your muscles need time to recover when you have been exercising. Make sure you include at least one full rest day in your plan per week.
- Put it on paper
Write your plan down, it can be on a calendar, electronically on a piece of paper or in a diary! It doesn’t matter, what does matter is if it is written down you commit to it. The gym appointment is as important as any other in the diary.
We have lots of exciting developments in the New Year and look forward to helping our members, both current and new, realise their fitness goals in 2018. Good luck. Team i-motion.Back to Blog