Reaching Your New Year Health Goals
by Lucy Miller
A Fitness and Nutrition Expert
It's that time of year again and this is your year! You're going to lose that excess weight that’s been hanging around for like, forever. You're going to go to the gym every single day, no excuses...and eat nothing but lean meat, green vegetables and almonds. Great, that sounds good, but I'm sorry to say that's not the way to do it!
Yes I'm all for setting New Year goals but they have to be realistic and aspiring. Ask yourself exactly what you want to achieve, and then set yourself small stepping stones and goals to get there. Rome wasn't built in a day and your body won’t be either.
If you need to lose some weight then remember it takes around 3500 calories to lose a pound. So if you eat 500 calories less a day and burn 300 calories four times a week at the gym then that's a grand total of 4400 calories, well over a pound burnt. Keep a food diary so you know exactly what you're eating, buy a heart rate monitor so you know exactly what you're burning and keep track of everything until you're in tune with your body. It won't take long to know what you should be eating and burning on a daily basis to get results.
I know I'm making it all sound incredibly easy, but it actually is when you do all the right things CONSISTENTLY! There's no point going all out for a week and then not doing anything for the rest of the month, consistency is key and all those little good habits add up.
So when you don't fancy going to the gym and having a Gin and Slimline tonic instead of a glass of vino, do it, and then remind yourself that you're one step further to reaching your New Year goals. Stay motivated, keep your goals handy so you can see exactly what you're working towards and plan, plan, plan. If you have healthy food on hand and your workouts are in the diary, you'll have no excuses not to go! Good luck and go for it!
Lucy MillerLucy Miller is a fitness and nutrition advisor, and Fitness Editor at Health & Fitness Magazine (www.womensfitness.co.uk). She holds fitness qualifications from NASM Training and Premier Training International.
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