Worried about the few pounds the plumb pudding added to the waistline?

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Some of us will be a little bit worried about the few pounds the plumb pudding added to the waistline and will be thinking about new year resolutions, or even considering Arnold Schwarzenegger type fitness regimes.  Unfortunately, a lot of the plans don’t see the far side of the 31st of January…!!!  The following might help…

  1. Be realistic: Forget about the Terminator!  Set attainable goals.  Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.  If you’re a beginner, start off with the basics.  Never been to the gym before?  Don’t worry, just go and consult one of the trainers, (online), who’ll help you come up with a reasonable plan.  If you have more experience, take 10 to 15% off what you were doing before Christmas; built it back up, slowly but surely.
  2. Be specific: If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it!!!  As above, you have to be realistic, but you still have to have clear and measurable goals.  If it’s only a 3k walk to start off with, then it’s a 3k walk, which you might increase to 4k in February, and who knows, maybe even 5k in March…  Once you start achieving your goals it will help you to be more motivated and to stick to the plan.
  3. Ask for help: There is loads of help out there: a) Talk to the Gym Trainer (online); b) Train with a friend (one or two individuals running together outside is permitted by the coronavirus restrictions); c) Look for online information; d) Ask an expert online; e) Join a club; f) Do an online class…
  4. Set different time frames, but don’t stress it!  Yes, set short, medium and long term goals, just make sure they are reasonable…
  5. Figure out your ‘why?’:  What is it you want to achieve?  To be able to do the 10k run in the Summer?  To get the belt buckle back into the “right” hole?  Knowing what you are aiming for will help you to keep going, especially if you see that you are making small, steady improvements.
  6. Be kind to yourself: Yes, challenge yourself, but don’t be in the pain zone.
  7. Make it fun:  If you just don’t like running, well, don’t be out there running in the cold, dark, wet nights…  Do whatever it is that floats your boat…
  8. Make it easy for yourself: If you’re not a morning person, well then do your exercise in the evening… 
  9. Be patient: Feeling tired?  Don’t stop running, just slow down a little…
  10. Don’t worry about it:  Remember, physical health is important, but so is your mental health.  The physical exercise will get those endorphins pumping, which will make you feel good and less stressed.  Don’t ruin it by worrying too much about… Just do it!!!

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