So Christmas and New Year has come and gone. We have had (in most cases) a month of parties, drinking, eating and enjoyment - which is great! However, there is a slightly negative side of all this fun - perhaps your fitness, body composition, strength and workout structure (like mine) has gone out the window!
This is perfectly fine, having a break from training can do wonders both physiologically and pychologically but now is the time to get back onto the band wagon! Below are a few pointers on how to get back onto, or to start your 2019 fitness journey!
1) Set out clear goals and targets. What do YOU want to achieve? Weightloss? Muscle gain? Sport performance improvement? All three? By having clear targets you shall remain more motivated to stick to your journey!
2) Hire a coach. A coach/personal trainer will not only ensure that you are doing the right thing with your training and nutrition, but also keep you motivated and accountable.
3) Find an exercise programme that you not only enjoy, but that works within your lifestyle. Of course, there might have to be a sacrifice to your current lifestyle but it doesn't have to be a negative one. Finding a style of training that you enjoy will help your adhere to your plan.
4) Find a diet that works for you. Firstly don't let any company (juice plus, airbonne etc) brain wash you into thinking their products are magical. Every diet works under the same principle - if your goal is weight loss, make sure you are in a caloric deficit. If your goal is weight gain, make sure you are in caloric surplus. There are many ways to achieve this (fasting, keto, paleo etc) but the basic principle is fundamental. Nutrition can get complicated to optimise body composition and performance, that is why hiring a coach is very useful.
5) Do not bite off more than you can chew. It can be very easy at the start to go all in. Go to the gym everyday, eat nothing but chicken, rice and beans, never drink alcohol, go to bed at 9pm. However, this extreme change in your lifestyle will be hard to adhere to - mainly because you will hate it.
Tick off each box - join a gym, get exercising a few times a week, start making interventions to your nutrition. Slowly but surely you shall see a change in your lifestyle that suits your goals, and with these small adaptations you will be more likely to adhere to it.
Starting a fitness journey can be a very daunting thing. There is a lot of conflicting information out that that can leave your unsure of what to do. The main thing is to make sure you do something then go from there. There is a reason so many people stick to their training, it's because they enjoy it and see huge benefits from it. There is no reason why you can't experience exactly the same thing!
If you have any questions on how to start your journey! Just get in touch!