New Year Same You?
Every year we get to January and hear a raft of ‘new year new me’ quotes plastered over social media….great. What is baffling is why we wait till the start of the new year to do so. Is there any difference between this week and the last? Your health and fitness is an ongoing cycle that will surely have peaks and troughs but should always be underpinned with a few core principles.
You don’t have to reinvent yourself to make a change, there doesn’t have to be a new you. There just has to be a smarter you. Here are a few things that you can use to underpin your health and fitness.
Train smarter not harder
If we trained for one hour every day it’s 3% of our total week. That doesn’t mean for that one hour every day we push our bodies to the brink. It means we pick a training week that suits us, combining high-intensity sessions with low-intensity sessions. Try a group session at Hybrid MMA & Fitness or a run along the waterfront for your high-intensity sessions. Don’t currently have access to a gym? Train online with Hybrid Anywhere programme with just a single weight. Add low intensity, anything such as getting our daily 10k steps to yoga or stretching. Be efficient with your training and make it fit your schedule.
The best and most money-conscious way to improve your health and fitness. If you’re looking to lose weight, reduce stress, increase performance and anything in between sleep is your answer. But how do you improve your sleep? First thing is to get the morning right, a regular wake up time every day is a must, get your morning right to get your evening right. Get outside into the sunlight and get moving, the sunlight will help your body produce serotonin which will lead to melatonin which will help you sleep….simple. Clean up your bedtime routine, swap scrolling social media and work emails for books to help you wind down in the evenings.
Fuel your body
Good fuel into the body will equal good performance with the body. If we constantly expose our bodies to excess amounts of processed foods we will more than likely over-consume calories and miss out on many micronutrients and vitamins, resulting in you guessed it….poor performance. Nutrient-dense whole foods are where we should aim to consume our good fuel from. How many overweight people have you seen who eat chicken and vegetables? This doesn’t mean we don’t treat ourselves and stop eating out now and again, just get it right 80% of the time and you’re onto a winner.
Don’t make new years resolutions, make lifestyle changes.
Make changes that are sustainable and achievable by making lifelong habits. It’s not a new you, but a smarter you.