Well, here we are. Christmas is over, you’ve escaped the in-laws unscathed, and you’ve eaten enough mince pies to last a lifetime. But as you wearily drag yourself to the bathroom in the mornings, the harsh reality of a joyous festive period is staring back at you in the mirror. You start to regret that third helping of Christmas pudding, that jumbo cold turkey sandwich with all the trimmings, and that family size pack of mini rolls.
So now you’re looking for some advice on how to whip yourself back into shape? Well you’ve come to the right place.
Whether you’re an exercising novice or a seasoned pro, it is always important to know where your fitness journey is heading. Be sure to have clear goals of what you want to achieve in the coming year – and remember to make sure your goals are SMART:
Specific – make sure your goals are precise
Measurable – they need to be easily measured
Achievable – ensure your goals are attainable
Relevant – make goals that are important to you
Time bound – have a specific time frame for completion
Now this one may seem a bit obvious but it’s usually that difficult first step on the fitness trail. It can be quite intimidating at first, especially when we’re all a tad self-conscious of our post-festive paunch.
Always make sure to do your research and select a gym that best suits your needs. If you’re a cardio bunny looking to rack up the miles on the treadmill, for example, a bodybuilding gym may not be the best fit.
The New Year is also the perfect time to purchase or renew your membership. Gyms will be on the lookout for New Year’s resolutioners and therefore be offering special sign up deals – so be sure to take advantage while you can!
Look, we get it, some days you just really can’t be bothered – we’re all human. The key is to not let one bad day lead to a bad week. Fitness is all about affording yourself little wins. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when looking at how far away your ultimate goal is, but remember the old cliché of taking it step-by-step.
It’s also important to reward yourself for the good work that you’re doing. Allow yourself a cheat meal one day a week if you keep to that diet. Treat yourself to a day off from the gym if you feel you’ve been working hard and are on target with your goals.
Finally, be sure to remind yourself of the big picture. Sometimes our fitness journeys can plateau for a while, leading to frustration and a drop in motivation. Always look at how far you’ve come, not how far you have left to go.
Hopefully these steps will help you on your path to self-care, and making 2019 your year.
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