If you’re on a mission to feel better, fitter and healthier this year, we have 4 simple strategies to help you achieve those goals faster…
1. Exercise more
You’ve joined the gym but don’t know anyone and have no idea where to start.
Top Tip: Try a group fitness class – they’re suitable for all fitness levels, will help to keep you motivated and you get to meet new people every week. Bonus!
How to fit in more exercise:
- Make it part of your daily routine, work out first in the morning to avoid your busy schedule stopping you getting to the gym.
- Keep your workouts fresh and varied – a combination of strength and cardio is a good idea, together with yoga or Pilates for overall body-and-mind wellness.
- Monitor your workouts online; when you see your progression, you’ll become motivated to keep going.
2. Eat clean
75% of what you eat can affect how you look and feel, which is why it’s worth focusing on eating well most of the time with the occasional treat.
Top Tip: Say no to processed, sugary foods and alcohol (especially after the festive binge).
Try: Rather opt for nutrient-rich food and adopt a sensible eating regime by keeping it as natural as possible. It’s also important to limit the caffeine and drink at least 8 glasses (2 litres) of water a day.
How to eat cleaner:
- Eat small meals every 3 hours to keep your metabolism fired- up.
- Plan your weekly meals and snacks to avoid making unhealthy food choices.
3. Revamp your gym wardrobe
There’s nothing like looking good to help you feel good!
Top Tip: Revamp your gym wardrobe – by looking good you’ll be motivated to stick to your workouts and ultimately achieve your 2016 health goals.
Try: Treat yourself to the latest trendy gym gear. January is a great time to shop – there are loads of sales!
You’re looking great, started eating healthily and have introduced exercise to your daily routine. But, despite all of this, you still feel burned out and have no energy to get through your day.
Top Tip: Get enough sleep every night. Sleep deprivation causes a rise in the stress hormone, cortisol, which can be the main culprit behind an increase in appetite and fat storage.
Try: Aim for 7 to 8 hours per night – studies has shown people who get adequate sleep are trimmer and leaner than those who don’t. Sleep helps to rejuvenate your mind and body.
DISCLAIMER: Before starting any diet, you should speak to your doctor. You must not rely on the information on this website/newsletter as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.
Digital Editor at woman&home magazine, F1 Fan, Chocoholic.