It’s the first full week of the New Year and with summer being only six months away, its time for some post Christmas damage control. We all broke our health and fitness routine over the festive period but if you are struggling to find the strength to say hello to the gym again or break through your 2014 plateau, here is how to get back on track.
In With The New
Take advantage of the January sales and revamp your gym wardrobe to help to motivate you to make an appearance in the gym.
Whenever I wear new clothes to the gym, I feel like how I used to feel in school when I had the latest Jane Norman carrier bag and no one else did. Treat yourself to a new pair of trainers or a running jacket to help get your foot through the door.
If you spent the past year doing the same workouts week in and week out, its time for you to switch it up a little bit. Why don’t you try a new exercise class or take up a sport? This year I will be signing up for Tennis lessons and Pilates classes. I loved my experience at Bootcamp Pilates and after discovering Pilates teacher Lottie Murphy on Instagram, I am going to make Pilates a part of my weekly routine.
Detox your Cupboards and Fridge.
If you haven’t managed to plough your way through your never ending stack of Christmas treats, then it is tough luck as it’s time to say goodbye to the Terry’s Chocolate Orange’s and the Quality Street tins. By now your Quality Street tin is probably just full of greens and blues which no one eats unless they are desperate, so let it go!
It would be wrong to throw away food so off load your treats on to someone else, or take them in to work and you will soon be crowned employee of the week.
Stock your fridge with lots of fresh meat, vegetables and fruit and plan your meals in advance to help prevent spontaneous binging sessions.
Without sounding too much like Gwyneth Paltrow, treats are not allowed in my home. I usually get my sugar cravings late in the evenings when I am snuggled up in my dressing gown, watching a TV show that doesn’t require much brain activity. Having only good food in my cupboards means that in order for me to give in to my cravings, I have to get changed into something that is more socially acceptable than my dressing gown, leave my warm home and walk in the cold to the nearest corner shop. No treat is worth that amount of effort.
Find new Friends
Make friends with people who have the same health and fitness goals as you. I’m not saying to rid yourself of all of the people that you like to party and drink with (I wouldn’t have many friends if I did this), but getting to know people who want to achieve the same things as you do will help you to stay on track and learn more about health and fitness.
Zanna Van Dijk and Becca Smith are my go to girls and I have really hit the jackpot with these two. I can talk to them about the days where I have smashed my gym session and the days where I have smashed through a box of Jaffa cakes. We may have slightly different individual goals but we are always there to support and encourage each other in working towards having a healthy body, a happy mind and looking like an Egyptian Goddess in a bikini!
If you don’t have anyone to train with in the gym, follow fitness accounts on Instagram and Twitter and get to know the personalities behind the food that they post. Social media is a great way to communicate with people so use it to find new fitness friends and E gym buddies, to help you get back on track and stay on track.