Make 2016 about you. Make 2016 the year where you become the best version of you. Here are my tips to help you get the best out of the new year ahead.
The start of a new year is usually where we decide we’re no longer happy with the way we look, make resolutions to lose weight, get fit, make big changes then find we’re struggling to keep going by the time we reach February. This sounds fine if we can make a good start but the problem is, we do this every year. Here are my tips to help you get started and stay on track;
Most people say they want to lose weight, get fitter and have more energy and while that’s good, it’s also rather vague. You need to be specific with your goals so how much weight do you want to lose? How do you define being fit? Rather than set 2 or 3 big goals, try setting goals for each of January, February and March then reset them as you go along.
It’s easy to decide to go on a diet and cut everything out but the body doesn’t always cope too well with this and often leads to us failing pretty quickly. Make one change at a time and as you cut something out, try adding in something better in to replace it so for example, if you plan to cut out soft drinks the try replacing it with water instead.
After a period of sitting around, eating lots, everyone wants to join the gym in January or become active in some way. This is good but an even more effective way to get the results you want is to start walking more and doing it every day. Can you walk a bit further than normal to go to work? Can you get up earlier and go for a walk or go out in the evening? Exercise is not just about what you do at the gym but also what you do everyday. Make it part of your daily routine.
The biggest challenge we have is usually deciding what to eat and when to eat it. A bigger problem I see is actually in preparing meals and the time it takes. We all lead busy lives so it can be a challenge to come home and make a meal from scratch. A great solution is to plan your meals for the week, get the ingredients in, make your meals in advance, freeze them so all you need to do is heat it up. Other options can be to use a slow cooker so spend a few minutes in the morning preparing something like a nice chilli, pop it into the slow cooker and it’ll be ready by the time you come home.
This can often be the biggest struggle for people but it’s one of the biggest things for weight loss and boosting energy. Eat as many vegetables as you can on a daily basis and whether you steam them or add them to a smoothie, get them in. They will fill you up quicker, give you lots of vitamins and minerals and will likely help you fight off colds that usually do the rounds in the early part of the year. See my recipe for a healthy breakfast smoothie here>>>
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