Since starting a career which requires me to spend long periods of time sitting at a desk, working out has really helped me to stay active, relieve stress and keep in shape. During 2016 I managed to achieve and maintain a body shape I’m relatively happy with. No one’s ever completely satisfied with the way that they look but I’m definitely the most body confident I’ve ever been. With a new year comes a new perspective, I don’t like to set resolutions so instead I’m going to set some realistic goals for me to work towards in 2017.
Add more protein into my diet
When I worked out my macros last year, I was recommended to consume 125g of protein a day; I’m lucky if I consume half of that! Protein is an essential macronutrient to contribute to muscle growth and aid repair. In 2017 I’m going to make a conscious effort to add more protein into my diet by incorporating fish and eggs into my diet. In 2016 I started using protein gel from MyProtein which was a perfect replacement for protein shakes which I find hard to stomach after a workout. The gels are a yoghurt consistency and come in handy sachets perfect for when you’re on the go.
Become friends with the squat rack
One body part I want to focus on this year is my glutes (booty!). Emily Skye and Heidi Somers are massive inspirations for me and I hope this year I can see a visible improvement. In order to achieve this I’m going to get pally with the squat rack in the gym and really push myself together with lots of lunges and hip thrusts too!
Sort my bodyclock out
I’ve had a nightmare getting out of bed with these cold, dark mornings, and going to bed early has been a struggle too! I would love to be able to get into a routine where I wake up and go to bed at the same time every day, even on my days off. I always feel the need to stay up late to make the most of the day but I always regret it the next morning when I’m hitting the snooze button four times over. I recently came across the Lumie bodyclock which is helps to get your body into a routine however I’m not sure I’m prepared to spend £50+ on an alarm clock! I’m going to try winding down with a book, going to bed at the same time each night and set my alarm for the same time each morning.
Start going on morning power walks
Inspired by Jamie Alderton (aka Grenade Jay) and his routine powerwalks on a morning, I want to ease this into my own weekly routine by doing it once a week and slowly increasing as I fix my bodyclock. I got into the habit of going on a few powerwalks early last year but I didn’t keep it up for long. Powerwalks on a morning are a perfect for clearing your head and adding a bit of extra cardio into your working week. I’m also planning to start listening to podcasts during these walks too to inspire and motivate me.
Tips on how to start your own Fitness Journey
- Set one realistic goal – Stay focused by pin-pointing a realistic goal you want to achieve in a specific time frame. Having one goal to aim for will make you much more likely to achieve it as you can put all of your energy into it.
- Take progress photos instead of weighing yourself – Take photos of yourself before you start your fitness journey and keep taking them each month. When you’re feeling unmotivated and ready to give up, look back on your photos to see how far you’ve come.
- Invest some proper gym wear – New gym kit always motivates me to go to the gym. Make sure you invest in some that gives you support and makes you feel comfortable. At Fabletics* you can get a complete workout outfit for just £20. They offer some stylish pieces to help you kickstart your fitness journey.
- Create a playlist on Spotify – Put all of your favourite head-bopping songs into one playlist on Spotify to help you through grueling sessions in the gym. Spotify has plenty of public playlists you can follow and listen to aswell so you’ll always have something new to listen to.
- Follow inspirational and like-minded people – Keep your head in the game and stay motivated by following people who inspire you. There are lots of fitness experts sharing healthy recipes and workouts for you to follow too. I’ll be writing an updated version of my health and fitness favourites soon so watch this space!
Do you have any fitness goals for 2017?
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