SLEEPING IN: We all do it when it’s cold and dark but a morning lie-in is the first habit to crack. Now, when your alarm goes off, keep your brain switched off. Don’t start negotiating and telling yourself ‘Oh, if I don’t train this morning, I’ll do it tonight.’ Don’t even think. Just get out of bed in robot mode. I think that’s one of the best habits you can get in to.
ALCOHOL INTAKE: If you’re one of those people who doesn’t drink during the week but has a few drinks on the weekend, that’s fine – but can you rein that in at all? When people have a few drinks they also tend to eat more, and their healthy habits often go out the window.
So when all your friends are out eating and drinking on a Saturday night, offer to be the designated driver – that way the choice is taken away from you. Or suggest that instead of going for drinks on a Friday, you meet your friends on Saturday morning for a walk and a coffee instead. It’s all about forward thinking. You’re not taking yourself out of the social scene, you’re just injecting yourself into it in a different way.
LONG-TERM HEALTH: Get out of the seasonal headspace. If you want to look after yourself in all areas – your health, mental wellbeing, fitness – this isn’t something you do for a period of time, it has to be something that’s part of your regular way of life.
It’s a more holistic way of looking at things. You might book a dentist appointment to get your teeth checked for health, sign up for a course to keep your brain active for mental wellbeing and commit to a regular Pilates class for fitness. It’s not just about ‘I have to lose weight for this’ or ‘I’ve got to train my butt off’. It’s a different mindset.
We all know how important it is to have our car serviced, so think of looking after your body in the same way and do regular maintenance checks. It makes absolutely no sense to me that people will trash their body but then put all that effort into their car. I mean, how many cars will you have over your lifetime... three, four? You only have one body – this is it.