How often do our new year’s resolutions make it past the third week? Over half of us wish year in and year out to get fitter and healthier, so why can’t 2019 be the year that it sticks.
Over in the gym in the student union we have come up with some great tips and tricks to try and get this year’s fitness resolution to last way longer that the first three weeks.
- Get involved in some classes or join a sports team
It is a fun and enjoyable way to engaged in fitness. Some times when you are having a laugh with your friends, got some music on and dancing your butt off or you are so competitive and determined to beat the other team that you can forget momentarily that you are doing fitness.
Refreshers fair on the 23rd of Jan will be a great opportunity to meet all of our sports teams and get involved.
- Experiment with food
Branch out on what you normally eat to find something you love that also happens to be healthy. Most of us are stuck in a rut! We eat the same thing every week and it gets boring. We all have a hidden Gordon Ramsey in us that’s dying to grab the fancy confusing foods in the supermarket. Go wild and find what works for you. Smoothies is my guilty pleasure – tastes so good and can get my five a day in one.
A really good smoothie to try: Berry Purple Power Smoothie
This Berry Purple Power Smoothie is pure berry goodness. With a little protein and tons of juicy berries, you'll instantly feel energized.
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 6 large strawberries (fresh preferred; frozen is OK)
- 1/2 cup coconut water1
- 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt2
- optional: 1 Tablespoon honey, or to taste
- Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend on high for at least 3 minutes or until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. Add more coconut water if it's too thick. Taste; then add 1 Tablespoon of honey (or a little more as needed) if the smoothie is too tart. I usually add 1 Tablespoon.
- Serve and enjoy. Store any leftover smoothie covered in the refrigerator for up to 8-10 hours.
And finally, the most importantly
- Be realistic
Every client I have, I tell the same thing. BE REALISTIC. Loads of you out there will say ‘I’m going to go to the gym every day and train for 2 hours’. That’s not going to happen and even if it does it won’t last long. Set yourself manageable expectations and then push yourself further after that. Start by aiming to go to the gym once a week and then attend a fitness class or sports team. Once you see that you can do that and feel confident then lest push it to 2 times a week at the gym. If you miss a day because you are ill or your friend has invited you to something that you just can’t miss? Not the end of the world, don’t be too hard on yourself. But next time you are in the gym work extra hard to make up for the missed time.
There are some really good apps around that can help you out. Here are a few of my personal favourites:
My fitness pal
Take control of your goals. Track calories, breakdown ingredients, and log activities with MyFitnessPal.
Count Calories, lose weight, and track fitness with Spark People.
Spark People is your personal diet and lifestyle coach. Get customized workout & meal plans & get healthy.
If you want more help with any of these, we are always here to help. Me and Mo the fitness instructors of the gym are always around, pop us an email or book in a consultation with one of us. That should’ve been my 4th tip. DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP. The gym isn’t meant to be an intimidating place and once you are confident in what you are doing it really won’t seem so scary. I promise.
Follow these three tips and ask us for help when you are stuck and maybe this year will be the one that sticks.