With over 15 years as a Personal Trainer I often see people trying to transform themselves every January and more often than not they don’t succeed. Today I am going to give you 5 Healthy changes to help improve your lifestyle in 2016. You have tried your way in the past so now why not try my way?? If you follow my 5 Healthy changes it will help you achieve your health and fitness goals in 2016.
1. POSITIVE THOUGHTS
You have heard of the saying “change your mind and the rest will follow” Knowing that you have the power to change things in your life is the first step. BELIEVE in yourself and don’t let negative past experiences or self talk stop you. Write down what you want to achieve and look at it daily or look up positive affirmations to help motivate you.
2. GOAL SETTING
Close your eyes for 30 seconds and picture yourself at the end of your journey having attained your goals. Using the SMART principles set out some short term and long term goals.
It could be a couch to 5k, improving your nutrition, exercising consistently or dropping a dress size. Be sure to reward yourself with positive treats like a massage, new runners or a weekend away to reaffirm your new positive lifestyle. No food rewards though!! Food is not a reward it is just the way we fuel our body.
3. Friends With Benefits
No not those sort of friends i am talking about enlisting your friends and family as a support network. Let those people close to you know what you are trying to achieve and how much it means to you. This alone creates accountability and dramatically increases your chances of success.
Automatically you have a partner to help you get through the tough times. Your work mates can assist by not bringing sweets to work or organizing unnecessary drink nights etc. We all need a little help sometimes so ask for it
4. Keep It Simple
Make it easier to make healthy choices by getting rid of junk foods from your fridge and pantry. Create a shopping list with healthy carbs,proteins and fats. Have a few healthy go to recipes that you can make quickly and easily. Bring your lunch and snacks to work and be in control of what you eat. If you want to talk to someone please feel free to contact me at www.trxinthecity.ie
5. Get Moving
It doesn’t matter what you do just start moving. If you don’t know where to start try joining a circuit class where you can work on Strength, Mobility and Cardiovascular health. You also have the added benefit of having people in the room just like you who can help motivate you. Go at your own pace to start with and build it up gradually. Believe in yourself and your confidence will grow. You can make a change.