'New Year, New You' - you've probably heard this at least once already this January! But how can you actually make sure that you set yourself back on the path to achieving your fitness goals and avoid the looming procrastination and excuses? We've put together our top 5 ways to get back on track after indulging over Christmas. Let's get motivated to look and feel great this 2019!
Finding a reason to workout, or the will-power to avoid those sugary treats, is usually the hardest step. Let's face it, when you are left with the choice of getting up at 6am to get to a gym class before work, or hitting the snooze button, you need a pretty solid reason to pick the first option! With the dark mornings and evenings it can be difficult to get motivated, and the left-over Christmas food that is tempting you from the fridge doesn't help either! But with some organisation and determination you will be back on track in no time!
We've put together our top 5 ways to get back on track:
1) Set yourself a realistic goal
Be accountable by setting yourself a goal that is achieveable but challenging. Write down your goal, or list of smaller goals, and the steps that you will take to get there. If you struggle to set a goal, speak to a personal trainer who can guide you in the right direction. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone and see what you can achieve!
2) Monitor your progress
If you don't track your results, you will never know how you are progressing. Monitoring results can be a huge form of motivation and as the results start to show, you will feel even more determined to push yourself further. Progress monitoring can be in various forms depending on what your goal is - it could be time on a run, weight of a barbell, number of sessions attended etc. You may also choose to monitor physical changes to your body, although this is always advised to be in addition to a fitness goal.
Our Tanita Body Composition Analyer is perfect for providing an instant analysis of our customers’ health and fitness status and monitoring progress over time. We recommend users to revisit the scales every 8 weeks and Achieve Lifestyle members get 6 FREE sessions per year. A full segmental body composition analysis is performed in less than 20 seconds and includes the following results:
- Body Fat
- Fat Mass
- Muscle Mass
- Body Mass Index
- Metabolic Rate
- Body Water
3) Plan your workout schedule
If you plan a set time to exercise and decide on what exercise you plan to do, whether it's a class or a gym session, you are much more likely to stick to it! Use your diary, phone reminders or calendar to plan set times for exercise and treat it like an appointment that you cannot miss.
If you are always glued to your phone, be sure to download our app where you can book classes on-the-go and stay up to date with our latest fitness challenges!
4) Choose an exercise type that you enjoy
If you get into a routine of doing exercises that you find enjoyable then you are much more likely to adhere to your fitness regime. Whether you love cardio, lifting weights, or group exercise, there will be something available for you. Mix up your usual fitness schedule and see if you find something that you prefer, or that challenges your body further. Some people prefer working out in a group and there are a huge variety of group exercise classes on offer - from Spinning and Zumba, to BodyPump and Fast Classes on the gym floor.
5) Eat a healthy breakfast and stay hydrated
Start your day off as you mean to go on, with a balanced and healthy breakfast. Avoid high carb or sugary breakfasts such as cereals and pastries and opt for higher protein breakfasts that will leave you feeling fuller for longer. Make sure you keep a bottle of water with you all day and aim to increase your water intake.
If you are looking for further motivation and guidance this New Year, speak to one of our friendly gym instructors on the gym floor who can give you a new programme or book you in for a personal training session.