It’s a New Year and a time when many will resolve to get fit or start a new fitness routine. Unfortunately few will be able to maintain this new habit – not because they lack motivation, but simply because they lack guidance. The good news is that preparation can be key in making those fitness goals achievable!
Here at Body Happy, we share our top tips with you :
Make Small Changes
In order to maintain this new lifestyle, start small and don’t rush in! This will allow you to begin full of energy, excited about your workout and ready to take on every challenge. 2-3 sessions a week will be an ideal starting point, aiming for 20-30 minutes in duration. Choose any aerobic activity that raises the heart rate, such as walking, running, dancing or cycling. Building activity into your daily routine can help to make it more manageable to begin with.
Make a Fitness Goal
Decide what it is you are aiming to achieve – becoming fitter, losing weight, increasing your strength etc. Once you have a goal in mind, you will then be able to devise a training plan aligned to this. Having a plan will help you to monitor your progress and stay motivated. To help alleviate boredom and keep you focused, try including different activities on your plan too.
Review and Revise
Make sure you take time to look back over your past workouts and decide what worked for you and what didn’t. If you find yourself losing motivation, try revising your goals or adding variety to your workouts. Exercising with a friend or trying out a new class may be all you need to remain on track! It is at this stage that you may also notice that you need to increase the amount of time you exercise, in order to continue improving.
Making sure that you get enough rest and recovery is as important as working out. Rest allows your body to repair, rebuild and strengthen those muscles that you’ve utilised during your workouts. This will lead to better results in the long run.
With some careful planning and by correctly pacing yourself, you can help to establish a healthy habit that becomes ‘fitness for life’.