It’s that time of year again, new year, new me etc…We’ve all said it at some point…
We obviously hope that many people are embarking on a journey to a healthier life, we’ve got some tips to help get you started.
Without a target it’s hard to judge our progress and whether it’s working.. We use the analogy ‘would you get in your car and drive off without knowing where you’re going?’.
Your goals can be simple and can come in many forms, such as:
– drop a dress/jean size (or more)
– drop x cm/inches off your waist
– eat at least 5 portions of fruit & veg/day
– only have 1 unhealthy snack/day
– prepare lunch for work every day
– performance based goals, eg. run 5km in a certain time or squat 60kg
Set a realistic timeframe for your goals, you may want to break your long term goals down into smaller, short term goals. Don’t forget to review your goals regularly.
Make a Plan:
You didn’t get to where you are overnight, therefore we can’t expect instant change overnight, especially if we don’t plan how we’re getting there.
You need to start by identifying:
– goals & timeframes
– changes needed eg. join a gym, dedicated time for meal planning & prep, better time/stress management etc
– potential barriers to your success: old habits, belief systems, time, work, family commitments
– how you’ll overcome these barriers
– how you’ll track your progress
– set review points
– what reward awaits you when you are successful
Data drives success! We take measurements with all of our clients on their 1st session, we then use regular reviews to map their progress and make changes where needed.
- what data can you collect: weight, waist, limb circumferences, fitness tests, performance times, food diaries, £ spent on convenience foods
Data is only helpful if you respond to what you find.. Use the data to adapt your plan as you go and always question the outcomes and how you got them.
There’s no time like the present so let’s get after it….REMEMBER: This is a long term lifestyle, it needs to be sustainable and it will take time to tweak…Be kind to yourself!