stewart robertson fitness
1: TAKE IT SLOW: I've always been self-employed, however, when I worked out of the Hilton gym one thing was always certain. It would be absolutely mobbed (which was a nightmare for me and my clients) for the first 3 weeks in January.
And then absolutely empty.
The reason. Everyone was going from not exercising to exercising 6 times a week as part of a New Year resolution.
So they sickened themselves – and probably now have a negative attitude toward exercise.
I would so much prefer you start off once or twice a week consistently, and then build up from there. Remember you want to exercise for the rest of your life – so no rush!
2: CHOOSE SOMETHING FUN: If you start running a few times a week (which almost everyone in my town seem to do), and you absolutely hate running / or it doesn't suit your joints, then guess what? You're not going to stick with it (see point 1)
Go to a class with friends for an active laugh. I'm still biased towards Metafit. Or try something low impact like swimming or yoga.
Or do go running if it suits. I love running, and it does as much for my frame of mind as it does for my body.
Or even better – keep your eyes open for a certains person Triathlon guidelines coming soon (yes, that person is me :-).
3: DRESS RIGHT: It's nice to feel confident and snazzy (yes, I did just use that word) when you go to work out indoors or outdoors.
Keep cozy outdoors – especially in Scotland.
Wear the correct shoes – court shoes for indoor classes, properly fitting running shoes for outdoors.
4: EXERCISE SAFELY: So what would I suggest?
Get a decent trainer (shocker). He or she will challenge you without damaging you. And they should listen to your individual goals and then not give you a one-size-fits-all routine that you'll get bored with (as you often get in a gym induction).
Or a professional running a class / bootcamp style session.
Or at least YouTube any moves you're about to take onboard and do them properly.
Again, I may know a good trainer for you to consider.
5: FUEL YOURSELF: If you're going from sedentary to active, you have to eat right. Enough calories (good ones) to give you energy to move around, and few enough to lose weight as you gain fitness.
That's it folks. And by the way, I can help with all of these points. Just give me a shout.
Please look after yourself - in fact, check out my 'King Eats First' post about looking after number one sometimes. the king eats first
And lastly, I've mentioned (100 times) recently that I'm a fan of triathlon training. Low impact, fun and varied, and low injury risk. So you'll be interested in something coming next week(ish). I'll keep you posted.
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Stewart Robertson is a fat-loss specialist for Mums (and dads :-) ).