Getting started with a new health and fitness regime is always the hardest part. Once you’ve found your groove, you won’t look back. Here are a few pointers to help you along the way.
Set goals and track progress
Having an end goal in sight is one of the easiest ways to keep motivated. Many embark on a fitness regime to lose weight, but if you’re doing my Metafit classes, you might find weight loss is easier to track on the tape measure, rather than the scales. Lean muscle tissue is much denser than fat, so even when you burn fat, it may not register as a loss on the scales. You’re far better to take some key measurements (waist, hips, thighs), write them down and then measure once a month to track progress. If you attend my classes regularly and combine this with healthy eating, I guarantee that you will see some major reductions on those numbers!
Create a routine – and stick to it
Perhaps your goal is to commit to two Metafit classes a week on an ongoing basis? If so, then make sure you put the class days and times in your diary and make it a habit. Create a routine that works for you and which doesn’t impact on other elements of your life. This is why Metafit is such a great option for people with busy lives – it’s a full body workout in just 30 minutes!
The new year is a great time for refreshing your diet. Invest in a new recipe book or gadget that will enable you to explore new foods and stop you from falling into a rut. Some of my clients swear by slow cookers, which are brilliant for making nutritious meals in one easy hit. Pop all of the ingredients into the bowl, whack it on a low heat and come tea time you have a delicious dinner ready to go! It’s also great for batch-cooking, which means you can freeze some portions and save them for those days when the fridge is bare. And less time cooking means you have more time for Metafit! If you’re finding it hard to give up the sweet treats, try swapping them out for dried fruit or blueberries. You’ll get the sweet fix and with a bunch of vitamins at the same time.
Don’t rush it – always have rest days
It can be very tempting to go all out and try to do something every day when you first start training hard, but it’s really not good for you. You’ll burn out and your body and your muscles need time to recover. Try to have two or three days in a week where you take it easy – your body will thank you in the long run.