Starting the New Year with a fitness resolution? Here are my top 5 tips for New Year fitness success.
DITCH THE ALL OR NOTHING MENTALITY.
Just because you cracked and ate a full packet of Hob Nobs it doesn’t mean that you have to write off the entire day. Just adjust your calories and macros to account for it, train a bit harder / longer if you have time and move on. It’s NOT all or nothing!
IT’S ABOUT RATIOS NOT PERFECTION.
Get your ratios right. Have you seen the IG accounts of people who are in amazing shape? They train hard, they eat well and they still have “a life”. They have the occasional donut. They have the occasional pizza. They have the occasional drink. The key word is “occasional”. Get your ratios right (70/30 80/20 90/10 whatever works for you) and you can be in great shape and still have “a life”.
PROCESS VS RESULTS.
Try to find a balance between what you enjoy doing and the things that will get you results. If you like running then run daily and lift weights 3 times a week. If you like weight training then lift weights daily and go for a run 3 times a week. If you don’t like any of it then don’t do it, but don’t complain about the results you didn’t get from the work you didn’t do.
Nothing is more motivating than seeing the numbers improve. Ran 5k in 35 minutes? Record it! Try to beat it. Bench pressed 50kg for 12 reps? Write it down and go for 15 reps next time. It’s amazing to look back at the numbers and see that what was a struggle 18 months ago is now a warm up!
FLY WITH THE EAGLES.
Find your fitness family. People who have similar goals. It’s hard to nip out for a run if your other half resents it so try to get the important people on board. Explain to them how important it is to you. Encourage them to join you. Join a club or group (running, CrossFit, Zumba, bootcamp etc) so you can hang out with like-minded people.