It’s January and no doubt like many others you have made the typical New Year’s resolution of getting fit for summer. Now whilst we all want that bikini body for our holidays we are not all aware of the potential impact a sudden change in exercise or eating regime can have on the body. From torn ligaments to strained muscles, swollen joints and the all too familiar next day fatigue, a strict new exercise programme really can take it out of you.
So how can you get the most out of your new good will without feeling the negative toll?
Exercise and Eating Plan
Firstly recognise that this is a two pronged thing, you have to tackle both your exercise and eating habits to get that dream body. If you do one without the other you simply won’t get the results you are after and may end up half killing yourself at the gym or starving yourself in order to do so. In addition, all the most effective plans are realistic. Realistic meaning you are actually going to follow the plans! Check that your current plan has both elements and seems to fit with you. If not then perhaps it’s time for a rethink before you fall off the exercise bandwagon.
Little and Often
If in the last year you have been rather inactive then you cannot expect to go from walking to the bus stop once a week to running a marathon daily. It is not realistic and you will damage your body, your pride and your resolution. Instead take a little and often approach to training. It is better to do ten minutes every day than to do sixty minutes one day and then not be able to move for the rest of the week.
Look After Yourself
Make sure that you are looking after your body, it is probably taking more punishment now than it has in a long while and as such will need a bit of TLC too. Consider using foam rollers or similar stretching equipment to release tension in key muscle groups or drinking protein shakes that promote quick recovery for your next session. After a particularly hard workout try to make time to visit your gym’s spa and have a relaxing steam or sauna. You could even take relaxation and exercise together in the form of Yoga, a great complement to cardio and strength training.
So stay fit and get fit this year, all the best!