Getting back on track and re-establishing balance with your health and fitness after Christmas can prove very difficult, no more than when you are just trying to get the ball rolling.
Where to begin
The last supper mentality will inevitably kick in, this is when the thoughts of ‘’I’ve got to eat and get it all in whilst I can, and diet starts on Monday!’’ take over.
So, what do you do? You start your plan of action and go!
The best way to combat this is to create a sustainable lifestyle change, if you really can’t see yourself still doing it 3 months down the line then it’s simply not got going to work!
It’s important to see it as a process that may take time, implement small changes each day/week, that eventually will help to gradually create new and better habits for the long term.
The difference between a diet and lifestyle is creating the habits that are sustainable, with no restrictions in sight, it is important to still eat what you like as well as the right nutrients.
Sometimes it can be overwhelming tackling everything in one go i.e. this week I will aim to eat healthier by making better choices or I will aim to include 5-7 portions of vegetables in my meals as well as making sure I hit 10,000 steps every day.
One step at a time
Setting unrealistic targets like ‘I want to lose a stone in one week’ is counter-intuitive and will also demotivate you when you make less progress. Make sure you also set aside time to commit to measuring the progress you have made – this will include the start date and a deadline for a certain measure of time.
Give yourself a weekly check in day/time that is the same every week – this way you can measure weekly progress (use photos, measurements and weight). These little milestones are important to ensure you stay motivated and keep going!
Once you feel the initial training target is something you can manage each day, look to include something that is more challenging and is going to get you increasing your heart rate. (If you do have any injuries or health complications- always seek advice from a health care professional).
Implement some strength training as soon as you can, if you want to get more bang for your buck from training then this is one of the most effective ways to do so, it can improve your metabolism and increases your chances of obtaining even better results, not to mention the health benefits that are also associated with it.
Most of all, you have to accept what has passed during the holidays and where you are currently at i.e. ok, I have gained X amount of weight/I feel sluggish, I am ready to get back on track! With this mindset you will then be able to re-evaluate your current position, future goals and proceed with your healthy lifestyle.