How to kick bad habits and achieve those fit­ness goals

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS -

And here’s some celebrity ad­vice on how to stick to your healthy new regimes — from for­mer Towie star­turned-fit­ness guru Lucy Meck­len­burgh

“I don’t be­lieve in putting too much pres­sure on your­self to over­haul life as soon as Jan­uary starts.

“Do one thing at a time, so you don’t go from zero to one hun­dred in a day. So maybe in the first week of Jan­uary, aim to start ex­er­cis­ing be­tween three and four times a week.

“Then, come the sec­ond week of Jan­uary, cut sugar out of your tea. From my ex­pe­ri­ence, it’s much eas­ier to work this way and it’s more sus­tain­able in the long term.

“Think about what you’d like out of 2019 and write down your goals for the year. “This doesn’t have to be the com­plete list, be­cause goals are likely to de­velop and change as the year pro­gresses, but I find it a re­ally pos­i­tive ex­er­cise to write down what you want to achieve in 2019, whether that’s get­ting a pro­mo­tion or run­ning a marathon. “Once you have your goals, it’s much eas­ier to work out a plan of ac­tion on how you’ll go about achiev­ing them. “Re­mem­ber to save some time for your­self. “It’s easy to jump back into the New Year full throt­tle, say­ing yes to ev­ery­thing, work­ing su­per hard in the gym or at work af­ter the Christ­mas break. It’s very easy to burn out if you don’t take some ‘you time’.

“Maybe that’s an hour of no phone once a week when you get in from work.

“Or maybe it’s a hot bath and some re­lax­ing mu­sic. I know lots of peo­ple who use mind­ful­ness apps, like Headspace, or who com­mit to an hour of yoga a week to help clear their heads.

“If ex­er­cis­ing is part of your New Year’s res­o­lu­tion, make it some­thing you en­joy that’s con­ve­nient to your lifestyle.

“Mix up the ex­er­cises you’re do­ing and if you have a busy sched­ule, why not try an on­line fit­ness and nu­tri­tion plat­form like my Re­sults with Lucy pro­gramme?

“It al­lows you to work­out from the com­fort of your own home, which makes it much eas­ier to fit ex­er­cise into your day.”

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