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12
2019
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GET A HEADSTART ON YOUR YOUR FITNESS GOALS FOR 2020

GET A HEADSTART ON YOUR YOUR FITNESS GOALS FOR 2020

Why wait until January to get things started. Team JDP Fitness is here to tell you how to kickstart your goals today. 

It’s that time of year where you can get a head start on your New Year Resolutions. Too many people start a new fitness programme, but never see it through to achieve the results they were after or the goals they set. But why wait until the first of January to get going? Arguably you would be much better starting now and trying to get a head start before the new years gym rush begins. 

So what simple changes can we be making today to kickstart your fitness regime and make 2020 your fittest year yet. 

Sleep

The first thing that most of my clients struggle with is getting good quality sleep and enough of it. Take advantage of the holiday season by forming a solid sleep pattern and regime. Set yourself a target bedtime and be strict with this. Try to create a bedtime regime that unwinds you and creates an environment where you can get the best possible sleep. Maybe download a sleep app and start to analyse where you could improve your sleep. 

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Food

Again the advantages of the holiday season is being free from work allowing you to have more time and mental capacity to think about other things. I would recommend using this time to start thinking about improving your daily food intake. I don’t mean start to diet. But my top tip would be to download My Fitness Pal app and start to get using it to track your calorie intake. Like this when January kicks back in and your are busy at work you have an easy system to use to monitor your food and set calorie targets. You could even cook some of your favourite recipes and have time to save all of the ingredients to their useful recipe feature. Like this, once the festivities are over, you can set your calorie target and start to get results. 

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Drink

Now I know now might seem like the perfect opportunity to drink every day and blame Santa Claus. However, I would try to limit alcohol to maybe one special day over the festive period. For one, consuming alcohol will have an effect on your quality of sleep which we are trying to improve. It will also add unnecessary calories into your daily intake. Plus, who needs a hangover when the kids are on a massive sugar excitement high!

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Exercise

From absolute beginner to seasoned pro now is the time to think about your first 3 months of training in the new year. If you are a beginner now is the perfect time to join a gym. For one, you will get a good deal as gyms are dead and screaming out for members, so look out for rest of the month free deals. You can also use this opportunity to get used to being in the gym and finding out where everything is and how to use it before everybody piles back in in January. If you have a workout plan, now would be a good time to test run it and get a good idea of what sort of weights you should be using. Like this, when you start for real in January you can start at an appropriate level. 

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Here are some things to consider when starting your exercise journey.

1: CREATE A PLAN

The main two things you need to consider when creating your plan are what and when.‘What’ is the exercise that you are considering doing, and what you want to achieve from it? The ‘what’ you want to achieve is going to be something personal to you. The best form of exercise for you is generally something you enjoy, rather than something you’ve been told to do. ‘When’ is how frequently are you going to train per week? We’d recommend if you’re just starting out, aim for three sessions per week.

2: HAVE CLEAR SHORT AND LONG-TERM GOALS

Before you start, focus on short-term goals. When setting these short-term goals, you must be realistic as the idea is for these to be achieved within the first few weeks of consistently training to boost motivation and see progress. Once you understand the goal setting more you can look further and set long-term goals.

3: DON’T RUSH

The aim for this change is to last and not just be another a couple of weeks or months. You want a lifestyle change rather than just a ‘diet’. Therefore, take it slow and steady and track your progress as you go.

If you’re looking for that extra support for your fitness plans in 2020, we have personal training packages available to suit everyone. 

author: Matt Williams

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