Laura Espie, personal trainer at Edgbaston Priory Club, offers some top tips to help you feel your best self for spring
New Year is the time many of us commit to healthier habits, but far too often the best of intentions fall by the wayside by the middle of January, says Laura. Here’s her top seven tips to keep up the good work…
Ease yourself in
Set yourself small, achievable, manageable milestones. Start by simply getting your steps in by swapping the car, bus or train for your feet! Try a couple of workouts a week and then slowly increase the intensity. If you’re not sure where to start, book yourself in with a personal trainer who will help you plan a programme to help you achieve your goals.
Try a variety of activities to discover what you enjoy. Whether it’s Zumba, yoga, weight training or playing sport, the key is to make fitness a pleasurable part of your daily routine. If you enjoy what you’re doing, you’re more likely to stick to it.
Mix it up
A well-rounded fitness programme should include both cardio and strength training. Cardiovascular exercises boost your heart health, while strength training helps build lean muscle mass – a good mix of both will deliver maximum benefits.
Fuel Your Body
Fuel your body with a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy carbohydrates such as whole grains. Drink at least two litres of water a day – staying hydrated is essential for overall health – and include protein in every meal as it will help keep you fuller for longer and repair muscles.
Consistency is key to seeing results. Establish a regular workout habit, even if it’s moderate, and by spring you will see positive changes in your overall physical and mental well-being.
Find yourself a workout buddy – whether it’s friends, family or an online fitness community. Sharing your fitness journey with others provides encouragement and makes the whole experience more enjoyable.
A good night’s sleep is crucial for recovery and overall well-being. Aim for seven or more hours of sleep a night to support your fitness efforts. As you embark on your fitness journey in the new year, embrace the process, be patient with yourself and focus on how your body feels not the way it looks. Celebrate the positive changes you’re making for a healthier and fitter you for the spring.