Don’t lose your fitness Mojo this month!
January…. The start of a shiny New Year! You dusted off your trainers, emptied the cupboards of Christmas treats and embarked on a health and fitness regime that would make Thor look like a lightweight.
Fast forward to February and a whopping 92% of people have already given up on their New Year resolutions. If you’re one of the 8% who are still going then well done, but even the most dedicated of gym goers can find themselves lacking in motivation during the dark, cold months of winter, or facing a frustrating plateau. Here’s a few tips to help you regain your focus and get back to smashing your fitness goals:
Break it down:
Most resolutions fail because people set themselves long-term, unrealistic goals that can be hard to stick to. By giving yourself specific, short-term, achievement based goals (such as turning up to the gym 3 times a week or doing a healthy food shop on a Monday), you are much more likely to succeed and by the time you realise, those long-term changes you were looking for will become an effortless habit.
Try something different:
If you’ve been doing the exact same workout for several weeks, it’s easy to hit a plateau and stop seeing results. To counteract this, try mixing it up! Do a class you haven’t tried before (we have over 300 a month to choose from) or add more weight or more reps and you’ll soon see an improvement in your strength and fitness levels. Finding something new to challenge you is a fun way of seeing results. We have a huge range of equipment to use, from TRX and battle ropes to prowler tracks and boxing bags. If you aren’t sure how to use something, just ask and we’ll be happy to show you!
Workout with a friend:
Workouts, like family packs of crisps, are best shared with a friend. Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals is a proven way of keeping up with a fitness regime and staying motivated. You’re less likely to skip that 6am Spin class if you have arranged to go with someone else, and having someone to be accountable to will push you further than relying on motivation alone. So grab a workout buddy and make a date!
Ok, don’t take this one too literally but if you have been sticking rigidly to a diet plan for several weeks there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a treat every once in a while. The old adage ‘you can’t outrun a bad diet’ still holds true, but if your nutrition is 90% on point it does the body and the mind good to relax once a week with a well-deserved cheat meal. Just don’t make it a cheat day that leads into a cheat week, and if you fall off the wagon jump right back on as soon as you can. Don’t beat yourself up about it though, it’s best to go forward slowly rather than end up right back where you started.
Remember that even elite athletes run short on motivation sometimes, and there’s nothing wrong with taking a break if you feel that you need it. Over training can be detrimental to both your progress and health, so carefully planning rest days that give your body time to recover and get stronger is just as important as hitting the gym.
Here at JD Gyms we believe fitness should be enjoyable, and we give you all the tools you need to succeed, from a huge range of fantastic equipment and classes to expert help from our Personal Trainers. If you feel like you need some extra guidance, then why not book a PT session via the JD PT app. Simply download from the App / Android store and follow the simple instructions.