With January around the corner it's great that you're thinking "I must get in shape, I must lose some of the Christmas weight, I must eat healthier". However, we all know the danger associated with setting new year's resolutions - they can so easily crumble after just a few weeks.
We absolutely support your desire to start exercising and eating better but here's a few tips you help you last more than just those few motivated weeks...
Pick something you'll enjoy
We always put more effort into the things we enjoy. We work harder, better, longer and ultimately achieve more if we enjoy whatever we're doing. Don't look at exercise as a chore. Find something you think you'll enjoy, even if it's not the hardest or most suitable activity what what you're ultimately trying to achieve. Get into it, enjoy it, do it well then work your way up.
At Oakwood, we have lots of different group exercise classes, a gym, spin classes and our outstanding eGym equipment (great for the beginner!)
Set some simple, achievable goals
We want you to be in this for the long run. There's nothing more motivating than seeing some early success, a few ticks in boxes, however simple or small. Set some basic goals that you should be able to achieve and make sure you get there, early on. Most people set out with an amount of weight they want to lose, or to drop a dress size in a month. Although these can be achieved, the amount of work, discipline, effort and motivation required is often unrealistic and consequently the goal isn't achieved, motivation falls through the floor and you quit.
Try "I'll go the the gym/attend that class once per week."
It doesn't get much harder than dragging yourself to the club for a workout in the depths of winter, especially when you're not in shape (which is why you joined in the first place!). It's far easier when you're with a mate. You can motivate each other and, to an extent, hold each other accountable.
Food - keep it simple
Just like the exercise part, keep any changes you make at home simple and achievable too. Going cold turkey on all your vices and treats may be too much too soon. Start by cutting something simple out or adding in. Try cutting out added sugar or salt. Try adding in a few more fruits and veggies each day. With time you can up the effort and start looking at other areas of your diet. Stay away from magazine/faddy diets because they may be unachievable (and also often advise far too few calories for the exercise part (see next point).
Eat more (of the right stuff)
We want you to exercise. When you exercise we want you to work as hard as you can. For this you're going to need plenty of energy and that may well entail eating more than you think you should. There's nothing wrong with consuming more calories, as long as they've come from the right foods.
If you're unsure where to start with 'the right foods' then it's time to get some advice. Our instructors can give you the basics. Here's one of many good online articles that gives you the basics.
Ready to get started?
You can book a free trial at Oakwood in one of our group exercise classes or on our eGym equipment.
We also have an Open Weekend on 14th and 15th January - watch the intro video for more info. When you're ready, book your place on Open Weekend.