The rather lovely Gail Newland/ Gayle Newland, a North West based personal trainer has written this inspiring fitness related guest post to keep motivation going past week 8. The are some great tips and it’s fantastic to have the advice of someone who has been there and done it… in style!
Sticking to a diet and exercise regime is far from easy, especially with so much temptation out there. I know better than anyone, having shed 5 stone, within a year and a half. I found a passion for exercise and became a gym fanatic. I’m now helping to motivate others, not to be skinny or with bulging muscles but to just be healthy and happy within their own skin, no matter what shape that is.
One of my top tips I like to share with people is: don’t set yourself up for failure.
A diet should be a long-term thing, unless you want to lose weight for a particular occasion. There’s nothing more frustrating to me than these quick-fix diets. You need to be realistic with your dieting, don’t just reduce your intake to purely vegetables and fruit or reduce your calories significantly.
You need to create a diet plan which works for you and fits into your lifestyle. It needs to be a diet you can see yourself sticking to long-term. Don’t be afraid to include some of your favourite treats such as chocolate and crisps. This is the main reason why people give up and then think dieting isn’t for them, because they throw themselves into the deep end and then expect to float. Instead start at the shallow end and make your way there.
A new craze right now and something that I follow is flexible dieting, which means you can eat whatever you want, yes, whatever you want as long as it’s within your daily macros, that’s your carbs, fats and protein. Set yourself a realistic measurement for all three, sites such as HealthyEater.com have a helpful macro calculator.
My second tip is: vary your exercise.
If you want to progress with your fitness and weight goals then you need to vary what exercises and exercise program you’re undertaking. If you continue with the same exercise routine, and keep all factors such as time and resistance the same, then you too will remain the same. Your body and muscle groups with get used to this form of exercise, they won’t be pushed to grow and develop, you won’t get any fitter, you’ll be stationary and remain at the same level.
It’s really simple to switch up your exercise regime for example a 15 minute run twice a week
- Increase the time to 20 minutes, 25 minutes etc
- Run three times a week – then four until you’re comfortable
- Run at a higher resistance if you’re on a treadmill, if you’re road or track running then simply run faster
- Add ankle weights
- Change your route
It’s easy to know when you need to switch up your routine; if you get comfortable. If you don’t feel the burn anymore, if you’re not aching afterwards, if you can keep going for longer; these are all tell-tale signs that it’s time to change things.
If I can offer any advice it’s that it is possible, so don’t give up!
For personal trainer enquiries contact Gail on twitter @itsgailnew