Posted on December 29 2016
As we look to head into the new year I thought I would go through my top tips to set you up for success in achieving your 2017 goals. Many people plan to lead a healthier lifestyle, lose weight, tone up etc. If this applies to you then read on…
We all know that we want to do it but we need to understand WHY. I love the Simon Sinek quote “It’s not what you do but why you do it” as this is ultimately your driver and motivation.
Do you want to look better in your clothes? Have more energy? Improve your health? Be very clear on your “why” and use this as inspiration for your journey.
Goals measure progress. We need to make them very clear so we know how we are going to get there. Do you remember the SMART technique from school?
Let’s look at an example – A SMART goal is something like “I will run for 30 minutes 3 days a week” or “I will do my food prep for the week on a Sunday”
Let’s look at it another way – If you went on a road trip, you wouldn’t just get in the car and drive. If you did, you might take the wrong turn, miss the petrol stations etc. This applies to your health and wellbeing journey if you do not plan properly. You need to outline the changes you are making and decide how you are going to implement them into your routine. Remember, it’s better to make small changes at a time rather than lots at once!
Track What You Eat
This can be a really valuable experience as you often misjudge how much you really eat. I am not implying you should track forever, but it is a great way to understand what you are really putting into your body. Tracking will help you tweak your diet so that you can still enjoy your favorite foods without damaging your progress.
I know, I have said it before and I will say it again, Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It will provide you with the energy you need and help you make better choices throughout the day keeping you fuller for longer!
As a child we were all told to eat our vegetables before we could leave the table. Even now, I know so many people that do not eat many vegetables in their diets. Vegetables as we all know, as super important as they are filled with nutrients, fiber, water and few calories. The health benefits are so important so getting in your 5 a day should be put into action.
It can be really daunting when deciding what plan to follow as there is so much information out there. It may be tempting to try a fad diet for instant results, but trust me, they don’t work long term, can be really dangerous and I really cannot emphasize enough that I do not believe in deprivation diets.
It is important to find good sources of information and to educate yourself on the foods you are eating and why you eat them rather than simply just following a plan. I kept seeing so many trainers give programmes out but not explain why they are eating that and what nutritious benefit this gives them which again, can come back to the “why” factor I mentioned earlier.
Exercise is important to keep our bodies (mainly our heart) functioning and performing well. It also helps us to burn calories faster and give us more energy, increase our mood. Take it slow and aim to increase your time or intensity each week. If you are new to exercising, always consult a professional to ensure you are able to begin a plan but also to go through specific exercises with you to maximize your workouts.
I hope these help you and as always, if you have any questions just send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org