Your New Year Health & Fitness

Your New Year Health & Fitness

In the New Year many people come out of the blocks obsessed with undoing the apparent ‘bad work’ they did over the Festive period (and at times the last year in general).

However, a great number of people will quit after several months, or weeks and sometimes even days. Post-Christmas and New Year, people often go on a food and drinking frenzy and will more than likely be carrying a bit of excess load. This excess load will often than not be simple inflammation and so panicking about the food baby around your mid-section shouldn’t freak you out.

After this, everyone sets foot in the gym after a big hiatus. The age-old method of exercising 5-6 times a week for 2 hours a day is a recipe for disaster, and starving yourself to remove the holiday weight increases your chances of failure. After a short period of time, many may have lost some scale weight, but suddenly they hit a wall and nothing changes after a month. They lose motivation after they have sweated and fatigued for nothing, and once again let their gym membership sail off in to the doldrums, where it will sit in wait till the following January.

Instead, set yourself a goal for at least 6 months, but preferably focus on the entire year ahead. The old saying goes Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your goal should be to build something such as building a physique fuelled by proper nutrition instead of burning it to the ground (ie. the focus on burning calories no matter the cost). Below are five points to take home for the rest of this year:

1. Discuss your goal with your trainer to create a reliable plan

2. Aim to lift weights 3-4 times a week, do it consistently for months, and note your progress

3. Ensure enough time for sleep and recovery

4. Eat! Starving yourself won’t get you anywhere. Get enough protein, and don’t be scared of carbs and fats.

5. If you struggle to watch your calories, track your food- this will help set you up for success.

6. Still enjoy the odd beer, wine or your food of choice- it’s not meant to be a miserable process!