Don’t crash and burn
PLANNING on spending January in the gym frantically working off all the excess calories you put away during 2018?
If so, you might want to calm down – because crash-exercising really won’t help.
Crash-exercising is when you try to cram a load of exercise into a small pocket of time in the hope of making big gains.
Loads of us do it when we’re at the start of a fitness regime or we’re trying to get in shape for something in particular.
But slow and steady really does win the race when it comes to long-lasting health and fitness.
Why? Because crash-anything is unsustainable.
When we go really hard on the dieting and exercising, we tend to carry on for a little while before realising that we haven’t been able to meet our massive goal as quickly as we’d hoped. That then leads to us giving up.
For most people, it takes at least three months before you start to look noticeably different – although just two months can make you feel totally different.
Although getting fit is about you feeling healthier and more confident, there’s really nothing like getting a bit of reassurance from other people noticing your efforts. Three months might seem a long time, but it’ll be worth it when that time comes.
What’s the point in starting a fitness regime if it’s not going to stick once you’ve reached your goal?
Fitness should be a lifetime achievement because it can help you to stay healthy even in old age.
Binging on exercise stops you from seeing it as just part of your daily routine. It reinforces that fact that you’re doing it for a short period of time, when in fact, you want to start thinking that exercise is just something you do.
There’s nothing like overdoing it to put you at risk of injury. And getting injured is a sure-fire way of putting a halt on your progress.
By taking it steadily, you can increase your exercise load slowly as you get fitter and stronger.
Listen to your body. Rest when you feel like you need to rest and push yourself only as far as you feel comfortable.
This year could be the year you get into shape and live a healthier life – and you’ve got an entire year to make that change.
Getting healthy is really simple; all you have to do is move more and eat nourishing foods.
EASE INTO IT: Take it slow and steady when you start a fitness regime and rest when you need to.