I think one of the reasons why we find it so hard to stick to our health and fitness related resolutions is because we try to do too much. We want to run a marathon, eat less meat, take up swimming, tennis, yoga and track, all at the same time but it’s just not going to happen. At least, not at first.
I am all for dreaming big and conquering goals but, slow and steady wins the race. Just a few days ago you were probably eating, drinking and being merry so making drastic changes to your diet and forcing exercise into your daily routine is only going to make you want to rebel and your New Years Resolutions will last less than a week.
But that’s not to say that 2016 isn’t going to be the year that you take care of your health, run a marathon or fit into your dream dress. Here are a few tips to help you to achieve your healthy New Years resolution, whilst maintaining a positive mental attitude towards life, food and exercise. View Post
I have a bit of a no holds barred approach to Christmas and the days surrounding it. It’s my favourite time of year, but I like to remain active around the festive period because it’s all fun and games until your jeans no longer fit! I live a healthy lifestyle but I never deprive myself of a few treats, especially around the festive period! Chocolate coins and Ferrero Rocher’s are my all time favourite Christmas treats.
Lot’s of people pig out around Christmas and embark on a fad diet in the New Year to shed the extra pounds but instead of doing this, each year I put a little damage control action plan in place that allows me to eat, drink and be merry but still fit in my jeans by January 1st. Here are my tips on how to maintain your health and beat hangovers and bloating, whilst enjoying yourself over the festive period.
Music can make or break my workout; I’m more likely to win the lottery than I am to forget my headphones for the gym. Without music, I don’t think that I would have the motivation to workout at the intensity that I do because music fuels my workouts. I don’t have a gym partner so it’s just me, my headphones and a carefully selected playlist. Music gives me the power to do one more rep when my muscles feel weak and to do one more minute on the treadmill when my legs are starting to feel heavy and want to slow down.
I grew up watching my parents spend hours in the kitchen, perfecting their signature Caribbean dishes but it wasn’t until I had moved out and started cooking for myself that I realised why they enjoy cooking. It’s rewarding and gives you a sense of fulfilment. A homemade dish can make even the saddest eyes light up, even if it’s just for a minute or two, and there is nothing quite like throwing together a few ingredients to find that you’ve created a masterpeice.
My competitive streak means that I always want to challenge myself. I have thought about doing Marathons, but I don’t know anyone who enjoys training for them, or running them, so the fear of having a Marathon suck the joy out of running has prevented me from doing a 26 mile run.
But I crave adventure and I want to feel that overwhelming sense of fulfillment that athletes feel when they cross the finish line, so next year you will see me swimming, cycling and running. I am doing a Triathlon! And I must admit, I’m a little bit scared…especially of the open water swim.
11 months have passed since we celebrated the arrival of 2015, and what we once called the ‘New Year’ will soon become last year.
I rang in 2015 with my fiancé, who was my boyfriend at the time, by writing on balloons all of the things we wanted to leave behind in 2014. I felt an overwhelming sense of relief as I watched the wind carry away my balloon, but fast forward 11 months and I can’t quite remember what I wrote! But to me that is a sign that I have let go of all of the things I was holding onto and 2015 has been filled with love, hope, laughter and wonderful memories that I will take with me through to 2016 and beyond.
A couple of months ago I swapped the long (5km) runs for sprints and interval training and the biggest change that I’ve noticed aside from an increase in my speed, is my metabolism. My metabolism has never been that of a 12 year old boy, but since my quest to become a better sprinter begun my appetite is through the roof but my weight has remained the same.
I have read a lot on how to increase your metabolism and you probably have too! But I speak from experience and I have never been one to do something drastic to achieve a certain look. I believe in moving a lot, eating a lot of good food but treating yourself too. And with the festive season only a week away, here are a few of my metabolism boosting tips to help you to be able to eat, drink and be merry but still fit into your jeans come 1st January 2016!