January – The time when we all make that step into our new fitness journey’s amongst other resolutions. Knowing what to do and how to do it is the most difficult challenge, especially when you have kids, jobs, or a partner.
The anxiety of joining a gym, classes, Evo Camp full of people who you don’t know can be hard to deal with. The fear of being judged, criticised or feeling out of place gets to us all.. Even us as coaches. It’s not uncommon to feel like this when you take that important step out of your comfort zone.
But where do you start?
Well.. Let me help you with that, me old china.
There are some things you should do, some you shouldn’t do and some you definitely shouldn’t do.
1: Do Something you Like
The beginning of any successful fitness journey starts with adherence and consistency, but, you ain’t gonna stick to something you hate. If you like Weight training, bootcamps, Boxing.. Whatever it is, start by doing what you enjoy. Enjoyment leads to adherence, adherence leads to consistency, and consistency leads to RESULTS. Once you get in the swing of it; then you can become more specific with your training and begin a more goal orientated regime.
2: Fad Diets are Traps and Often Fail you….Miserably
Detoxes, Low Carb, Low Fat, Ketogenic and The 5-2 Diet are some of the most recent and common diet trends recently; Often with celebrity endorsement, outlandish marketing and claims mostly targeted at desperate people who are looking for a quick fix, magic pill, the list goes on. Fad diets are, for the most part, unsustainable and require a huge amount of willpower and commitment and often lead to huge rebound after a short period, even if it’s successful in the short term leaving you to think that you’ve failed.
3: Be Realistic
Fat loss, whether we like it or not, is hard, especially when there’s a million and one things you’d rather be doing, or things you cannot ignore like family or social events. Set yourself an achievable goal each day, whether it’s attending classes, being mindful of your food intake by tracking calories or being more active. Every small target achieved is a success and will contribute to greater long term success.
4: Ask For Support
Having a supportive network around you is critical. If you have the support, your chances of success are far higher that if you go it alone. Get a babysitter so you can attend training sessions, ask your partner to help in the kitchen and assist in food preparation and shopping, join a community of people who are doing the same thing. You’d be surprised how much being part of a community can help, especially when they are on the same journey as you, or hire a coach to gain some professional support.
5: Embrace the Journey and make adjustments where necessary
Fat loss is a difficult journey to go on and, with anything, there will be bumps in the road at some stages of your travels. The most important thing is to ensure that you understand what the hurdles are and how they can affect your progress. The most common is calorie adjustment i.e. The more fat you lose, the less calories your body will require and the less calories expended during exercise; So, there has to be either an increase in energy expenditure (more activity), or a decrease in energy consumption (less calories coming from food or drink). This is where you need to learn how to monitor your progress effectively using scale weight, body fat testing photos, measurements along with food and activity monitoring.