As we are well into January now, many of us are keen to maintain our resolutions, especially those focused on improving our health and fitness. However, it is important to set ourselves up for success by creating a realistic and manageable strategy. Here are some tips on how to do so:
Set Manageable Targets
One common mistake is setting overly ambitious goals that are not realistic or sustainable. Instead, try setting smaller, achievable targets that you can build on over time. For example, rather than committing to a daily one-hour workout, start with three 20-minute workouts per week and gradually increase as you feel comfortable.
Going too hard too soon inevitably results in injury. In my line of work, I have seen this so much I can almost predict who and when.
Start with 2-3 exercise sessions per week. On days when you don’t train focus on upping your low-level movement. Make sure you warm up before all exercise but especially when using weights. Additionally when lifting weights ensure you lift with correct form regardless of the weight. if any of this is a mystery to you seek guidance from someone that knows what they are doing. All of our Coaches will happily give you 5-10 mins of their time to go through the basics with you.
Enjoy What You Do
While it is essential to be consistent and adhere to a regular workout routine, it is also important to enjoy what you are doing. Find activities that you genuinely enjoy, whether it be dancing, swimming, or weight lifting. This will help you stay motivated and make exercise a sustainable part of your lifestyle.
Resistance-Based and Interval Training
Incorporating resistance-based and interval training into your workout routine can provide numerous health benefits for people of all ages and fitness levels. Resistance-based exercises, such as weight lifting and bodyweight exercises, can increase muscle strength and improve bone density. Interval training, which involves alternating periods of high and low-intensity exercise, can improve cardiovascular fitness and burn more calories.
In summary, setting a New Year’s resolution to improve your health and fitness can be a great way to kickstart your wellness journey, but the key is sticking to it. By setting manageable targets, avoiding injury, finding activities you enjoy, and incorporating resistance-based and interval training to your workout regimen, you’ll be setting yourself up for success for years to come.
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Written by Gus Martin, Principal Coach at COACH London.