We’re half a year into 2016. If there’s ever a time to check the status of those promises you made yourself at New Year, it’s now. If you’ve been holding strong to your word, congratulations, but if you’ve otherwise flopped, dust yourself off and get back on the fitness wagon. The first few months are always the hardest for a new routine, but it does get easier as your body becomes more accustomed to these strenuous activities.
Beyond acclimatisation, you also need the right mindset and motivation in order to achieve your fitness goals. It can be harder if you work long hours or lack the confidence to get out and exercise. However, these are just temporary barriers to your goals and there’s always a way to overcome and make your fitness work.
So what’s the best recommendations for reaching your fitness goals in 2016?
Have a Plan
Some people choose to act on instinct when it comes to getting fit, but our bodies are complex machines with hundreds of variables and require a deeper level of planning and understanding in order to attain the best possible results. You should be monitoring your intake of calories, creating a weekly plan and checking daily on your calorie-count to ensure you aren’t over or under-eating.
This will also help you plan your exercise routines and build a fitness plan based around your diet for the most effective results. There’s a range of hardware, websites, and apps which make tracking this data easy. Our recommendations would be:
- Fitbit Surge
- Vida Health Coach
Depending on your overall fitness goals, you need to ensure your diet matches your exercise intently. If losing weight is your focus, your intake needs to be lower than your output, and vice versa if you’re looking to bulk up. Try to eat fresh as much as possible, avoiding processed foods or food types which offer no nutritional value.
Supplements can also help support your diet in key areas, such as Creatine or protein bars if your goal is building muscle. Your diet should support the rest of these crucial nutrients, but you can also bolster your vitamin intake via multivitamins and tablets. There’s an ongoing debate to the effectiveness of multiple types of vitamin supplements, so make sure you research any products before consumption.
Diversify your Workout
Over time, your body becomes more resistant to repeated types of training and therefore the benefits are largely lost. This is why it is important to keep your workout diverse, try out new exercise routines and ensure you’re focusing on every part of the body. This more applies to resistance training; for cardio you’ll want to keep increasing your mileage covered or difficulty setting which will provide a suitable challenge for every workout.
Try and experiment with new exercise types outside your usual routine every so often too. This could be an early morning run or long distance walk. There is hundreds of options to keep your workout creative and prevent you from feeling bored; electric bikes, climbing trees, a Sunday game of football and parkour are just a few of the many differing approaches you can take to spice up your fitness life.
There’s an obvious temptation to go-it-alone when it comes to your fitness goals, whether for the sake of avoiding distraction or simply the stubbornness of doing things your way. The truth is that having someone to support or guide you can make a huge difference, especially when you’re straddling the fine line between success and failure. Surround yourself with positive people who can motivate you when you need it.
This could be a workout buddy with similar goals, a personal trainer with the experience to help you, or simply a good friend who knows your goals and won’t let you quit. The more support you have, the more likely you’ll be letting someone down if you quit.
Reward your Success
Being unyieldingly strict on yourself wilmostly likely cause you to burn-out, so make sure you reward yourself for your hard work whenever you get the chance. Noticing progress you’ve made is a huge motivator, and any victory on your fitness journey should be rewarded as such, whether it’s a cheat meal, a new pair of shoes, or even a night on the town. Just make sure you can easily switch back into your routine afterwards.