Sale fitness and lifestyle consultant Lisa Foley on how to shape up for 2010
You're determined to get fit and stay fit this year, but the New Year chimes have hardly finished and already your determination is waning. Fitness consultant Lisa Foley from Sale tells you how to stay on track
You’re determined to get fit and stay fit this year, but the New Year chimes have hardly finished and already your determination is waning. Fitness consultant Lisa Foley from Sale tells you how to stay on track
Too often a promise is made on New Year’s Eve: ‘This year I will be fitter and healthier than ever before’ but by mid-January motivation has dwindled with no time to keep up this new regime. Sound familiar? How did life get so busy that you forgot to be kind to yourself?
Here’s how to have the motivational edge in 2010Be positive and raise your standards: The words we choose to speak to ourselves shape us - positive talk brings positive action. Have the courage to raise your standards and rightly claim all of the things you aspire to become. Develop a sense of certainty that you can. The support of others is vital: Whether you are using a personal trainer to get you into great shape, undertaking group training, partnering up with a training buddy or attending fitness classes, we are far more likely to stay committed if we are working with others towards a goal- you don’t have to go it alone and indeed it helps to be in the company of others with similar goals!
Know where you’re at: Ask your doctor for a health assessment to make sure you are safe to exercise. A fitness assessment can also be administered through personal training companies or at a private gym.
Know what works for you: There are a variety of ways of being active. Be honest with yourself- find activities that you enjoy- if it’s fun it get’s done.
Be committed: Make an appointment in your diary, as important as an interview for your dream job.
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Nutrition: This is one of the most important ingredients to living a healthy life. Without the correct fluids and nutrients you will lack sufficient energy levels and be more susceptible to illness.
Follow these simple guidelines:
Drink two litres of water daily.
Adopt a low GI diet so you should minimise sugar, sweeteners, white carbohydrates, caffeine and processed foods. Eat more seeds, pulses, fibre, protein, fruit and vegetables. Take an interest in nutrition and cooking – buy healthy recipe books and have fun in the kitchen.
Sleep We sleep less now than we ever have in history. For optimal energy levels you need eight or nine hours quality sleep and should be asleep before 11pm, as physical repair takes place between 10pm-2am and mental repair between 2am-6am.
Have a relaxing bath before bedtime. Reduce stimulants during the day. You should not have caffeine after midday, ideally avoid it altogether. If you have things on your mind write them down and offload them before you turn the light out.
And finally… enjoy life! Your reality is shaped by you so take control of your life, feel empowered and be happy