Setting your sights on 2014

I’d like to start by welcoming you all to your party season. Where all the good intentions go out the window and bad habits kick back in…

But this is OK, this is normal behaviour for this time of the year. Although it’s part of the reason why some of us have been working hard in the gym, training at home or even out pounding the streets running since the end of summer. For those of us in the know we are well aware that by speeding up our metabolisms (via increasing our muscle mass and calorie burning potential) we can almost cancel out the excesses from the Christmas habitual grazing.

For 2014 my focus is on getting ready for the many events I have planned. I personally find that having events evenly spread throughout the year to prepare for helps me, not only with my training, but also with my ability of following a healthier diet meaning that my lifestyle is once again balanced.

If, like many, you are looking at starting out on your journey to a fitter, healthier version of yourself in 2014 then I strongly recommend you read the following sentence very carefully:

Do not, I repeat, do not doom your journey before it has even started by calling it a New Year’s resolution. 85% of resolutions made fail.

Start with controllable small steps / goals. Depending on your current fitness lifestyle, these steps can be as small as taking a walk around the block after dinner in the evening followed by a glass of water. This will not only help your food to go down, it will help you to unwind from your day and it may even help you to gain a deeper more rewarding sleep.

For some the steps may start with approaching a gym to start regular training on their own. Although this is a good move, this step may take some support. Rope a friend or family member into attending with you. This way you will find the motivation to push a little harder from the competitiveness between each other.

It is always a good idea to seek the expertise of a personal trainer when you start your exercise journey, as we tend to know just how to teach you enough to get you started and how to make the most from your time. Please don’t think that all personal trainers are just there to push you so hard that you ache for days and regret starting in the first place.

If you are in any doubt on where you should start please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. I’ll help make sure that your goals are realistic, manageable and above all else enjoyable enough for you to want to keep striving forward. So, for now, on behalf of myself and Team MP Personal Training, I’d like to wish you a Happy New year.

Reproduced with kind permission of Brighton Active.

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