2020 is finally over! We hope you made the best of what has been a peculiar Christmas period.
Although most of last year (and possibly this year) has been somewhat unfamiliar for us all, some things are the same as always; in this case – New Year’s resolutions!
We all tend to see a new year as a clean slate. Whether you are religious to your resolutions or not, every one of us has an idea of where we’d like to be in 12 months time.
From progressing with career and financial goals to taking up hobbies and starting new things, all of our objectives for 2021 will differ, but one of the most common New Year’s resolutions always tends to be fitness.
Losing weight, building muscle, training your physical skills – there’s no one way of improving your fitness. Your goals could be completely different from everybody else’s, but we’ve put together some advice that’s applicable to everyone!
How to prepare for your fitness journey
Before you set any goals, you need to evaluate where you’re at. Try a few light exercises first like jogging, press-ups or sit-ups and see how you fare. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you can already do!
If you’re undertaking a rigorous exercise regime or if you have underlying health conditions, it’s worth consulting your doctor.
Create a plan
Creating a plan is worthwhile because it can weave into your routine. Don’t be too strict! Select some activities you enjoy and frequent them at a level that suits you.
Always keep your goals in mind. When selecting activities, consider how they will benefit you and contribute to what you want to achieve.
Take it easy
Remember this is a journey – a marathon, not a sprint! There will be days where you have the energy to really push yourself, but some days you won’t feel like doing much at all.
A year is a long time in fitness. Don’t pressure yourself if you don’t do as much as you expected, the important thing is to exercise on a regular basis!
From your initial plan to your daily exercises, don’t expect too much of yourself.
Unrealistic targets can set you up for disappointment and discourage you, not to mention you could put yourself at risk of injury.
Create short-term targets throughout the year based on your progress so far. Before you know it, you’ll be achieving your 12-month goal!
The importance of keeping fit
Do I really need to get fit? There’s always next year, right?
If you’re not entirely serious about improving your fitness, you might just need a little convincing.
Keeping fit is a lot more than staying in shape and looking good. Without exercise, a healthy weight can change drastically without you realising!
Not only can a lack of fitness lead to obesity, but it can be detrimental to your general happiness, how you perform in your work, how you maintain your relationships, and so much more.
Why fitness is essential in lockdown
Last summer, there were studies investigating the effect of lockdown and reduced physical activity upon England’s mental health.
According to a University of Oxford study, the first lockdown in the UK lead to the following:
- A stark rise in negative mental health since the start of lockdown measures – with younger adults disproportionately suffering.
- Decreased physical activity – 46% of participants were less active.
- Increased binge eating and consumption of processed snacks and alcohol.
How we can keep active at home?
Motivating yourself to keep to a fitness regime can be a lot more difficult while stuck at home, but it doesn’t have to be!
There are plenty of ways to exercise on a day-to-day basis to keep your mind and body sharp:
Walking, running or cycling
Keeping track of your steps or the distance you’ve travelled is a great way to keep motivated.
Chores around the house
You’d be surprised at the calories you can burn just from tidying up, cleaning or running the vacuum around.
Starting a new hobby
Whether it’s a physical activity or not, finding something that keeps you stimulated and enthusiastic can work wonders for your mental health.
Even if you never have before, cooking a meal is not only important for your nutrition levels. It’s a productive task that keeps you moving and concentrating.
Exercise while watching TV
Combine exercise with your relaxation time. Try sit-ups or some bicep curls while you binge-watch.
Use videos to motivate you
For children especially, videos are an easy and effective way of grabbing their attention and encouraging them to exercise.
We recommend the Yorkshire Sports Foundation’s #ThisIsPE channel for ideas to keep the kids active.
We’ve also set a few challenges on the Premier Active YouTube channel!
How else can we help?
During the lockdown period, keep your eyes peeled for our resources to help you and your kids keep active!
We’ll be providing videos and blogs as well as working with local schools to provide resources for their students.
Check out this list of social distancing games for kids of all ages, or speak to a member of our team to receive our Get Active Social Distancing Pack.
For any more help & advice on keeping fit over the coming weeks, please feel free to get in touch!