Well, it’s that time of year again!
“New year..new you”, “This diet has to work”, “2018 exercise challenge”, “I’ll try the new shake or no carb fad to lose 3 stone”. You get the gist!
Ditch the short term motivation and learn to “Love Your Lifestyle” long-term.
I often think that although the new year is great as a fresh start and new found motivation, people often make the mistake of going one extreme to the other. This results in giving up to quickly because it’s too hard, losing motivation because it’s taking too long, and losing faith all together because it seems impossible to keep it up. Sound familiar??
My advice, no quick fix, no short term goal which needs an extreme change. Simply, a gradual change of lifestyle. Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand. If you’re a complete beginner you can’t expect to hit the gym for a gruelling workout 7 days a week and cut out all sugar and expect to sustain that. I recommend to my new clients to gradually introduce exercise into your daily routine, perhaps a gym session once or twice a week initially to get you going. The thought of a gym and being surrounded by those perfectly already toned and fit gym go-ers may make you feel sick to the stomach??! It’s not actually all like that…trust me! Everyone has to start somewhere. Alternatively, I also train some clients out in the great outdoors on the beach or in the parks. Away from other people, with the use of steps, benches and zigzags to get the heart rate up, tone up that body and burn some serious calories!!
The most important thing is to be active by doing things you enjoy. The list is endless, go for a walk, even better go for a long hike. Go for a swim or to a dance class. Anything you find fun, you are more likely to stick at it and look forward to doing it! Another great idea is to find an event that you can attend with friends, incorporating your exercise with your social group means the best of both worlds! You can sweat together, complain together.. and eventually, feel amazing afterwards together!!
Hike N’ Beach 2018
A must do in 2018 if you really do want something new is the “Hike N’ Beach” Workout Weekend with HayleyPT!! A 3 day event based in Bournemouth, consisting of beach Cardio workouts to increase your FITNESS and BURN CALORIES, a full day HIKING over the Jurassic Coast along stunning coastline views, a Strength Conditioning circuit designed to SHAPE your body and a Stretch and Relax session by the ocean. Combine this with some beautiful restaurants for your evening meals with your friends…it’s a weekend not to be missed!
May 11th-13th – SOLD OUT | June 1st-3rd – LIMITED SPACES
The same goes for nutrition. Ever heard that phrase “you are what you eat”? It’s cliche, but true. Eat sugar, sure you’ll get that boost, but you’ll come crashing down after. That’ll cause you to want more sugar. It doesn’t mean to say cut it out completely. Ever tried it and ended up binging less than a week later? Thought so. It’s too extreme and the body can’t cope due to your current eating habits. Again, gradual changes. Perhaps cut down on sugar 5 days a week and allow yourself a treat at the weekend. This way you aren’t denying yourself of everything, and you will still see a difference. Hydration is also a huge contributing factor. Water aids digestion and bodily functions, it clears your skin, it prevents you mistaking thirst for hunger. The list goes on. Carrying a water bottle with me everywhere is a must, it keeps my energy levels up high and helps prevent sugar cravings from dehydration. Next time you get a sugar craving down a glass of water and see how you feel. You’ll be surprised! Thank you Acquablend for my amazing fruit filter bottles, I use them all the time especially when on the go and when I’m hiking.
Whatever your goal for 2018, add your exercise and healthy eating gradually into your daily life, remember it’s not a quick fix…it’s a long term positive change. It’s a lifestyle thang!
HayleyPT – “Love Your Lifestyle”