New Years resolutions: a quick guide to doing it right.
Chances are that you have started to think about your new year resolutions?
Here are 15 simple tips to help you out for 2022:
1. Set REALISTIC goals… if you are new to training or looking to resume after a long time off, then going from nothing to 5 sessions a week for most people is simply NOT realistic. 3 sessions a week done consistently throughout the year, will always beat 5 sessions a week for one month only! Do not peak too soon!
2. Don’t throw everything at your goals all at once.
3. Leave the fat burners & ‘weight loss pills’ on the shelf!
4. Look at what consistent long term changes you can make to your eating patterns.
5. Forget what you’ve done in the past or what you ‘used to be able to do’. Leave past performances in the past, stop comparing, & focus on what you CAN do NOW. Consider that what you may have done in the past wasn’t effective.
6. Admit that you don’t know all the answers when it comes to training, & ask for help.
7. Don’t rely purely on performing endless hours of cardio exercise. Cardio has a place, but is not the sole answer to fat loss.
8. Educate yourself on calories & macros. Try swapping some social media time for some reading.
9. Please, please, please do not follow any ’extremeweight loss/detox plan’!
10. Following point 9, do not do Herbalife!
11. If you are lost in the kitchen, make it a resolution to learn how to prepare several meals that you can enjoy with ease. Each month, learn a new dish. Include your other half, family, & kids in this process.
12. Don’t blindly copy what everyone else is in the gym is doing! Likewise, if you have been given a plan to follow by your trainer don’t switch it around after a couple of weeks because of what you have seen or read on the internet. Trust your trainer & trust the process.
13. Progression is key: Before you buy the latest gym gear, Fitbit, or gadget, buy a note pad & pen and log book every session you do. Make it your goal to beat yourself.
14. Consider this: even if you train really hard 4 times per week for an hour that leaves you with 164 hours left in the week to undo your hard work. Look at what you can do to control your stress levels, your sleep, your hydration, & as previously mentioned, your eating habits.
15. If you have any current injuries, get them looked at professionally before you start training.
As ever, if I can help you, give me a shout.
Tristan ‘new year, new you? ‘ Buttle.
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