How many people head to the gym to get fit & trim down after over indulging at Christmas but then don’t keep it up over the year?!
Having worked in gyms over the years I’ve seen that trend of new members in January... only for January or maybe into February and, if lucky, into March!
I personally think mindset is key to sticking at an active lifestyle. If you see fitness as a key for a healthy long life why would you just quit a short time into it?
One of my main drivers for training & eating well is that I want to lead a long and healthy life. Through general reading and study, I am convinced that much of western disease is linked to poor diet and sedentary lifestyle.
Another driver is being fit to enjoy life. I love being fit enough to just have a go at a multitude of physical pursuits as and when opportunities present. For example, being able to have a go on the high ropes and zip wire course on my business trip to France earlier this year. Or being able to have a go at a half marathon running & a half marathon rowing. After both running and rowing the half marathon's my body recovered very quickly and I was able to move without any muscle soreness the day following each event.
I find it very empowering to know that my body is in good physical shape which also helps me stay positive mentally.
If you want to get fit this new year why not make it a lifestyle change for good?
Try these steps:
Think about the life you want to lead long-term. What do you want for your life in terms of health and longevity?
Find healthy food you enjoy eating and create your own repertoire of healthy meals that you can regularly enjoy - including dishes that are simple and easy to make as well as some healthy snacks & treats
Find something you really enjoy doing that is active - try lots of new things to find out what you do or don't like if you don't already know what you enjoy
Set a goal for something active you would like to achieve - e.g. walking up a flight of stairs without getting out of breath, running a 5km race or hiking up Scafell Pike
Find ways to help make your goal happen - read books or magazines, join a group, sign up to an event and/or get a Personal Trainer/Strength & Conditioning Coach
If you want any help or advice get in touch.
Fitness is for life, not just for New Year!