The decorations have come down, the last mince pie has been polished off and the drinks cabinet is dry. Yep, there’s simply no hiding from the fact that Christmas is over and January, the month of healthy resolutions and frenzied fitness regimes, is firmly upon us.
If, like the SportStylist team, you’re struggling to leave December’s indulgences in 2016 and to kick-start your New Year’s wellness crusade, then we’re on hand to help. We asked personal trainer and member of our expert Style Network Elle Linton to share her top five tips for getting off the sofa and back into the workout groove. Read on to discover her wise, motivational words…
1. Don’t beat yourself up over your Christmas indulgences
If the fact that your December diet was mostly made up of cheese and Quality Street is causing you stress, Elle’s advice is simple: forget about it. “It is what it is,” she says. “What you did or didn’t eat over the holidays, what you did or didn’t do activity wise – it’s all in the past, so give yourself a break, wipe the slate clean and focus on now.”
2. Set yourself a January challenge
We’re more likely to achieve our goals when they’re broken down, so if you want to get moving in 2017 Elle suggests setting yourself a short-term goal for the month to get you going. Why not challenge yourself to try one new workout a week? But, as Elle points out, remember: “It needs to be something that excites you so you’re motivated to achieve it.”
3. Treat yourself to some new workout gear
As a personal trainer, Elle knows all too well the motivating power of a shiny new fitness outfit. “A new sports bra, tank or gym bag could be just what spurs you on to get that workout in,” she says. Check out all the latest arrivals here.
4. Don’t go it alone
Instead, enlist/bully (delete as necessary) friends and family to train with you. You’re less likely to bail out of a 7am spin class if you’re meeting your friend there, and it also provides another level of accountability,” shares Elle. “Plus, if you share your goals with people they’ll check in with you every now and again.”
5. Be as good as your word
Above all, says Elle: “Stick to what you’ve said you will do, when you said you’d do it.” Rise to your own challenge and you’ll be left with a sense of smugness (and enhanced fitness) by the end of January.