Like many of us this January, we’re making New Year resolutions. After the indulgent month of December we all want to detox and lose weight in January. The key is to make smaller realistic lifestyle changes. Here are the F&F team’s top tips for New Year fitness!
Susannah, Website Editor
Apps are a brilliant alternative to a personal trainer – Nike Training Club takes you through various workouts depending on your goals and your fitness level, and you earn bonus workouts as you rack up the minutes. The new Davina app looks promising too.
Sunipa, Trainee Web Trading Manager
Try on an old dress and aim to fit in to it again. It’s good to have a goal when you want to drop a dress size. Drink 3 pints of water at work and eat lots of fruit, veg and lean meat. Try and use meat alternatives as a low fat option.
Keep a pedometer on you all day long to ensure you walk more than 10,000 steps a day.
I would recommend drinking plenty of water, join classes like Zumba which make exercise fun and try to go with a friend so you can motivate each other to go!
Kim, Campaigns Manager
My top tip would be that you don’t have to make huge changes or revolutionise your life all on the first day – just commit to making one small change per week that you can stick to 100%.
I know my husband’s top tip would be to track what you eat and how much exercise you’re doing using the ‘myfitnesspal’ app / website (myfitnesspal.com). He has lost over 25kg this year using that to keep him on track!
Debs, Menswear Merchandiser
My husband’s a personal trainer so these are his top tips.
1. Set a realistic fitness goal
The New Year is here, and one of the top resolutions made every year is to finally lose weight, start exercising and get in shape.
Unfortunately for many, those good intentions soon fizzle out – 88% of people who make a New Year’s resolution fail. This is down to their goal being unrealistic. Your fitness program should fit in with your lifestyle.
Keep this in mind when setting your exercise goals, if you know you’ll be miserable jogging at the gym, plan to get your cardio by
jogging around your local area, walking the dog or cycling to work.
2. Make exercise part of your routine
Pencil it in on your calendar, program it into your phone and stick to it just like you would any other important appointment. For best results, you may find that exercising at the same time and on the same days each week helps you stay on track.
3. Make exercise convenient
You should see exercise as an enjoyable part of your day, a time you look forward to. You are less likely to keep this up if you have to travel a long way to the gym before you even start your workout.
To make exercise as convenient as possible, pick a gym that is very close to your home or place of work. If you’re a morning
exerciser, pack your gym bag the night before so you can grab it and go in the morning. If you exercise after work, bring your bag with you to the office so you can stop at the gym on your way home.
4. Fit in exercise where you can
Life is busy, so even with the best intentions your workouts may sometimes get side tracked by travel, work or kids. On the days
when you don’t have time for a regular workout, squeeze in some exercises on the sly. For instance exercise doesn’t have to be done in a 45-60 minute block, get off the bus a few stops early and walk the rest of the way to work or back home.
5. Reward yourself each month
Set your realistic goal each month and once you reach that goal stop to give yourself a great big pat on the back. Reward yourself for achieving your goal by treating yourself to something like a massage, a meal out or a new piece of clothing to show off your new fit physique. This will keep you motivated and striving to reach your next exercise milestone.
We would love to hear your successful resolutions. Share your fitness tips with us.
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