Get in Shape Before The New Year

by - December 14, 2018




If you’re looking to get in shape, most people understandably wait until the new year is upon us, as there’s something about the energy of New Year that encourages us all dig out our trainers and find our inner warrior spirit… in fact, on New Year’s Day it can be quite interesting to see just how many people are suddenly out jogging or cycling.

The interesting thing, however, is that now is a much better time to get in shape than after the New Year, because if you’re just getting back into fitness you’re likely wanting to get yourself to a place where you aren’t panting out of breath at the back of a packed exercise class in the New Year.

Now is a great time to ease yourself back into things and get back in shape before hitting the ground running come the New Year.  Now is the time to work out how much cardio is the right amount for you; slowly easing your way back into the fitness area, rather than going at everyone else’s pace in the busy classes after New Year.  It’s also good to realise there are very few lazy ways to lose weight in that most fitness requires you to reach beyond your comfort zone.

This time of year is therefore a good time to dip your toe in the water and build the foundations of a healthier and fitter you, which is what these three tips below discuss:

1. DRINK MORE WATER
We all know our bodies are made up of a lot of water… yet we often find ourselves in a place where we are dehydrated and thirsty.  In fact, if you are thirsty that’s a sign of severe dehydration - so don’t presume that just because you are thirsty and respond by having a drink, that’s enough water.



2. DEVELOP CORE STRENGTH
When people think of “core strength” they mostly think of their abs, yet, core stability isn’t limited to your mid section - it extends to almost all supportive structures, such as joints and the soft tissue that attaches to skeletal structures around areas such as the shoulder (e.g. rotator cuff).

The challenge is that many people start exercising and go to lift heavy weights without first developing the strength and conditioning required in their supportive structures - meaning they often end up with muscle tears that cause injury.

For this reason, taking the time to build up your strength in terms of areas such as the  rotator cuff, hips and knees can provide invaluable. You could do this via activities such as yoga, pilates and swimming or you can work on isolated areas of your body using light weights or resistance bands.


3. EXERCISE LITTLE AND OFTEN
Many people binge exercise.  This is where they don’t go to the gym very often, but when they do go, they overdo it.

Whilst this can be tempting, as it seems somewhat more efficient than going to the gym 3-5 times a week --  what makes more sense for your body is to workout little and often, rather than big and infrequent.







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