Some Tips to Jump Start the New Year!

Monday, January 14, 2013

By: Graeme Guthrie

- Elite Trainer, TheGym at 99 Sudbury

Some Tips to Jump Start the New Year!

Now that the holidays are over, everyone is back to being busier than ever but don’t let this deter you! There is much to gain by starting a healthier lifestyle now.

Initially you need to take a second to ask yourself, “What are my main goals? Weight loss, toning, strength gains…” The next question you need to ask yourself is, “What small steps can I take to get there?” Once you’ve figured out your goals, you will need a game plan. Here are a few suggestions to help you reach your goals this year and remember, don’t wait around; there is no time like the present!

If you’re not already a member at a gym, do a little research. Ask friends for their opinions and experiences to try and find a club that works for you. See what the local gyms have to offer, such as variety of equipment, size, pricing, types of classes they offer, and proximity to your work or home. Remember, the more convenient the gym the more likely you will go.

Start with setting small attainable goals. Committing to going to the gym 8 times a month would be a fantastic start! Try not to set the bar to high. No one likes to fail, so with achievable goals you’re more likely to stay on course, stay motivated and succeed.

When it comes to nutrition a little bit of pre planning will go a long way. Make small changes to improve it. Are you eating frequently throughout the day? Try to eat five to seven times per day. This will keep your energy up, metabolism going and stop your body from storing fats. Treat your snacks as miniature meals; keep them well balanced and healthy. Use your existing diet and make small changes, like adding healthier choices to every meal. Balance out your meals with equal portions and think of adding color, variety and freshness.

Change your routine a bit. If you love your classes, instead try doing some resistance training in the gym and vice-versa. This can be a pleasant surprise and will keep you on your toes. You will never know until you try! Our bodies adapt to the same stimuli over time so a small change in your routine, like this, could break you out of the dreaded “plateau” and take you to the next step! Lastly, find a workout buddy, or better yet hire a trainer! 1 on 1 training is the best way to learn new exercises, correct bad habits (such as improper form) and see results faster and safer than doing it on your own. Sometimes a little outside motivation may be all you need to get in the gym! All of these small changes and ideas will keep things interesting and help you set challenges within yourself.