How many times have you got past Christmas, reflected on a heavy few weeks of meals, drinks, snacking and a lack of exercise and eagerly anticipated the turn of the New Year and the motivated, active, healthy lifestyle it will bring?
At Oakwood we welcome a lot of new members in January and when people join we ask the basic question of "why did you join?" Overwhelmingly, as expected, the answer is "to lose weight". Unfortunately this is often the first hurdle we need to help members cross.
Losing weight can be done quickly. Unfortunately it is normally though a fad diet, which more often than not leads to negative effects in the longer term, or through extremely hard work and dedication (both in and out of the gym) which is rarely a realisic aim for most of us.
If you aim to simply "lose weight", and quickly, we feel obliged to point out that there is a reasonable chance of disappointment. Also, we want you to look at all the other advantages and benefits a healthier lifestyle brings (happiness, more energy, reduced risk of illness, improved fitness - the list goes on...).
Losing weight should be seen as one of the advantages of an active, healthy lifestyle. And that's what we preach and push you towards - "lifestyle". Exercise should be done daily - just like the other things in your lifestyle. Healthy food, mainly cooked at home, should be part of your lifestyle. With regular exercise and a healthy diet you will naturally achieve weight loss (and the other benefits - it's a package deal!)
Exercise can be done anywhere - at home, in the street, in the park, on holiday - anywhere. There are several benefits of coming to the gym/group classes for your exercise (motivation, specialised equipment, instructors, advice etc) but you don't have to.
Start slowly, find something you enjoy, do it regularly, do it well, increase the difficulty/intensity every few weeks, make small changes to your diet and prove to yourself that your fitness and general health is improving (you'll notice initial improvements very quickly). If weight loss is something you wanted to achieve then be patient. Take it slow, do it properly and it will come.
The strap-line of the company eGym - who supply some of our gym equipment - is "make fitness your lifestyle".
We couldn't agree more.
Looking to get started with your health and fitness?
We are having an Open Weekend on Sat 14th - Sun 15th Jan 2017 at Oakwood. You can try all our group exercise classes, our gym and our eGym equipment. Free advice available from instructors all weekend.