New Year’s resolutions are probably one of the biggest fails I have come across, but why? It is shown that over 90% of people will not stick to their resolution, so aim to be in that 10% of the population that does. First things first, what really is your goal? If you want to lose weight, you need to ask these questions; How much? Why? What to you hope to look like? If you hope to tone up and lose weight, you need to start lifting! Running and cardio are amazing for your health and decreases the likelihood of illnesses so incorporate this, but the main focus for those of you trying to lose weight and tone up is too put all your energy into lifting those weights. Many people don’t realise that when you run for twenty minutes, you are burning calories for only twenty minutes, but when you lift weights for twenty minutes, you increase your resting metabolic rate which means you will continue to burn calories throughout the rest of your day! It’s a win win!!
- You need be a visionary here. Create a vision of what you want to look like and think about how you can change your lifestyle to get there. Once you know how you want to look, make it your screen saver, stick it to your fridge or leave it beside your bed so you don’t stray from your goal!
- Another key way of sticking to your New Year’s resolution is training with a buddy! It is so much harder to bail on going to the gym if you’ve already told someone you will go with them. You’re not only letting yourself down but your pal too. You can even decide to do one class a week with a friend and train by yourself on the other days. It is also nice to change up your work out with classes and can help you generate new ideas into your workouts.
- Change your diet. If you aren’t happy with how you look, you can probably blame the food you eat. You may be eating very little and are still failing to see results. This is down to what is actually in the foods you’re eating. You need to avoid too much sugary foods, and begin building your diet around fats and protein while limiting carb intake!
- Keep a diary. If you do not schedule your workouts in to a busy 2016, you will more than likely fail to make a change. A diary can be used to write down what foods you have eaten too so you can face the reality that you are not eating as well as you think. That chocolate bar may be small, but the amount of sugar in it is not, so stop hiding behind that baggy jumper and get moving!
- Start small and aim big. Any exercise is better than nothing. Try walk for at least 30 mins each day and build yourself up to joining a gym. If you can’t afford that, home workouts are a great way to get fit too. Talk to friends about it and get the support you need!
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Thanks & Have a healthy 2016