4 Tips for a Fit and Healthy New Year

Lizze Bland | Lean Bean Fitness
@leanbeanfitnessau

1. Get organised

The old saying goes- fail to plan, plan to fail.

Set out when you’re going to exercise, what exercise you’e going to do and for how long. For example, write in your calendar or diary every Sunday with your week's workout plan ie. ‘I’m going to do 6am bootcamp Monday, 6am Barre on Thursday plus 8am yoga on Saturday.’ Remember, exercise comes in the form of running, swimming, walking and cycling so try and get out of the mindset of thinking unless it’s you’re in the gym, it’s not a workout.

2. Be realistic

By January 2nd, you’re probably not in the best mindset after several over indulgent weeks and may set yourself an extreme goal that realistically won’t be met. Take your time to think about what you want to achieve in 2019, how you can get there and when. Your goal/s should be attainable and even if you have set backs a long the way, instead of giving up, remember with a little hard work you can and will achieve whatever you set your mind to.

3. Don’t be pressured to do it all

There's always the 'latest superfood you need in your life' or the 'fitness trend set to take 2019 by storm' but just know- being healthy definitely isn’t about doing it all. We can only do so much and fretting about not trying this or not trying that will only cause stress levels to soar, and who needs more of that in their life? Do the exercise you enjoy, keep active throughout the day, drink plenty of water and eat whole fresh foods whenever possible. Simples.

4. Slow and steady wins the race

Being keen is great but going all guns blazing into your New Year's fitness resolutions can actually backfire and lead to overtraining syndrome, the result of too much training and not enough rest. You may be thinking there's no chance in hell you'll be a victim of OS but it's surprisingly common.

If you're exercising everyday and notice you're struggling more than usual, you're regularly getting sick and having problems sleeping, you may be noticing the first symptoms of OS. Rest days are when your body can process and recover from training and not doing so will be detrimental to not only your health but your fitness levels, so schedule at least 2 into the diary every week. Moderation is key for long lasting results so keep calm (relatively active) and carry on into the new year.

1. Get organised

The old saying goes- fail to plan, plan to fail.

Set out when you’re going to exercise, what exercise you’e going to do and for how long. For example, write in your calendar or diary every Sunday with your week's workout plan ie. ‘I’m going to do 6am bootcamp Monday, 6am Barre on Thursday plus 8am yoga on Saturday.’ Remember, exercise comes in the form of running, swimming, walking and cycling so try and get out of the mindset of thinking unless it’s you’re in the gym, it’s not a workout.

2. Be realistic

By January 2nd, you’re probably not in the best mindset after several over indulgent weeks and may set yourself an extreme goal that realistically won’t be met. Take your time to think about what you want to achieve in 2019, how you can get there and when. Your goal/s should be attainable and even if you have set backs a long the way, instead of giving up, remember with a little hard work you can and will achieve whatever you set your mind to.

3. Don’t be pressured to do it all

There's always the 'latest superfood you need in your life' or the 'fitness trend set to take 2019 by storm' but just know- being healthy definitely isn’t about doing it all. We can only do so much and fretting about not trying this or not trying that will only cause stress levels to soar, and who needs more of that in their life? Do the exercise you enjoy, keep active throughout the day, drink plenty of water and eat whole fresh foods whenever possible. Simples.

4. Slow and steady wins the race

Being keen is great but going all guns blazing into your New Year's fitness resolutions can actually backfire and lead to overtraining syndrome, the result of too much training and not enough rest. You may be thinking there's no chance in hell you'll be a victim of OS but it's surprisingly common.

If you're exercising everyday and notice you're struggling more than usual, you're regularly getting sick and having problems sleeping, you may be noticing the first symptoms of OS. Rest days are when your body can process and recover from training and not doing so will be detrimental to not only your health but your fitness levels, so schedule at least 2 into the diary every week. Moderation is key for long lasting results so keep calm (relatively active) and carry on into the new year.

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