Another New Year and (yet another) vow that this is the year to get fitter and healthier – but how to keep it up past January?
Official UK health guidelines advise adults to undertake 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 mins of vigorous activity each week – but do you? Eek, me neither. Despite my best intentions to get fitter and healthier at the start of every, somehow it never lasts. This time, Langport fitness expert and personal trainer Natasha Howells of NV Fitness, who runs pilates and zumba classes, bootcamps and personal training for all abilities in and around Langport, is on hand to explain how to keep going past the end of January…
1. Don’t make a New Year’s resolution! New Year’s resolutions are always broken, so call it something else, a new you, a goal.
2. Make small changes and start slow. Resist changing everything at once – healthier diet, exercising, cutting back on booze – it’s too much all at once. Be realistic, set a few small goals and you’re more likely to carry on to reach the next one.
3. Do it for you and no one else. Start your new journey confident and happy to be doing it, not half-heartedly because you’ve been made to feel like you have to by someone else.
4. Don’t blame anyone else or your lifestyle. If you miss a workout or muck up your diet, it’s your responsibility (not because your husband doesn’t like healthy food or it’s your birthday).
5. Work on your mindset. Don’t let the brain talk you out of things, or allow yourself to be overtaken over with negative thoughts – you’ll self-sabotage your goals.
7. It is not about having an amazing physique, it’s about how you feel within yourself. It’s easy to look at the super-sculpted bodies of fitness pros and social media superstars and think you’re never going to look like them, so what’s the point? Aside from the fact they’re probably on strict diets, work out all day – or have been Photoshopped – you’re not them, you’re you, so don’t compare yourself. Exercise is about giving your body those feelgood endorphins and your own health and happiness.
Natasha’s new six-week block of Purestretch classes, where you’ll lengthen, strengthen and ease those tight muscles – start at the end of January: Mondays 11 am at The Langford in Fivehead near and Fridays 11.30 am at The Horse Welfare Centre near Somerton.