A Beginner’s Guide to Being a Healthier You in 2018
Just before Christmas is probably not the best time to start a new fitness regime. However once we enter January you may feel that you would like to embark on a new fitness plan, maybe you made it your New Year’s resolution to get fit in 2018?
Committing to a new healthier lifestyle may feel a little daunting, especially if you’re a beginner so here’s a guide to help you on your way. No excuses and just imagine how much better you’ll feel and look.
Make that commitment!
Half the battle of getting into shape and enjoying a more healthier lifestyle is making a commitment to actually doing it and sticking to it. Try to steer away from the “I don’t want to exercise” mindset and develop a positive “I can do it” attitude.
Really focus on why you want to get fit. Have a reason. Maybe you want to have more energy, look better or combat obesity. Whatever the reason focus on the end goal. Try to imagine looking into a mirror and seeing a fitter, healthier, younger you looking back.
Food and drink
Clean up your diet. You are probably aware of the saying “you are what you eat” so stick to this rule when planning meals. See food as fuel rather than comfort and become aware of what you’re consuming. It may help to keep a diary. 80% of achieving success in your new healthier lifestyle is down to your diet. Educate yourself on healthy eating either by reading information online and in books, or join a club in your local area. If you have health issues that affect your diet, it may be wise to consult an expert like a dietician. Ensure you stay hydrated, especially as you’re increasing your exercise levels. Drinking plenty of water in the day gives energy. Try to avoid drinking too many drinks containing caffeine and sugar.
Try to find an activity you love and stick to it. As a complete beginner walking and swimming maybe a good starting point, as less stress is put on muscles, meaning that fewer injuries will occur. You could then build up to a gentle jog – before you know it you’ll be completing your first marathon!
You may wish to develop more structure to your fitness with the help of a personal trainer or maybe you could join a gym. This will help to progress your fitness over time.
If you suffer from any health conditions that may affect your ability to exercise always consult your doctor. On occasions you may sustain a sports injury which may require protection from a dressing such as tegaderm film. Stock up your first aid box.
It’s so easy to just give up after the first week or two, so always keep your goal and vision at the forefront of your mind. Try to see your new routine as a permanent lifestyle change. Often it’s a good idea to get support from friends with similar goals, so that you can support each other. Reading success stories will also provide inspiration.
Here’s to a healthier 2018!