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Kick Start Your 2018 Fitness Goals


The holiday period is typically a very busy month spending time with loved ones and eating lots and lots of festive foods. To say the least, working out and eating right is not generally found at the top of Santa’s naughty or nice list during holidays. However, you DO have full control over this!

Yes, the holidays are a time to relax, celebrate and often, indulge at holiday parties, social gatherings and events. And no one is telling you not to. You want to celebrate the year that has passed and ring in a fresh start. But why do we always wait until the New Year to do this?

Starting a new routine in January is a bad idea. Gyms are packed, everyone is on the go and the break is over. Why not get ahead and start now. If you start now, you will already be motivated come 2018. You will also be less frustrated with the amount of people in the gym as you’re already set into your routine.

Here are a few tips to help you succeed:

1. Create a schedule: make sure to set aside 30 minutes to an hour every day to get in a quick workout. You don’t have to trek to the gym to do this. Do a home workout. Do a workout with your partner, a friend or a relative that is in town for the holidays. Put on a YouTube video or be creative and do some of your favourite exercise at home. You’d be surprised how difficult body weight exercises are if you increase the number of reps, if you don’t have weights.

2. Choose healthy options: enjoy your turkey and big festive meals, but there is a way to this without over indulging. Just because you have a big family dinner one day that doesn’t mean you’re off your routine. That just means you need to prep on the days that you aren’t celebrating life. Buy groceries that are easy to make on your days off from social gatherings. Hard boil eggs and cottage cheese for breakfast. Salad and chicken for lunch. Salmon and veggies for dinner. Meals that take under 30 minutes to prepare. Why not do a quick workout while waiting for your salmon to cook. Improvise.

3. Get the family engaged: if you don’t want to do this alone, have the family partake in your workouts. Competitiveness is key. Do a class together, create a festive workout at home or simply go for a skate at the local rink. Get out and be active.

4. Be creative: Get yourself into a routine now before January hits and the gyms get busy and uncomfortable. Be creative with your workouts now so you know what you like and don’t and apply it at the gym without wondering what exercise you should do next come. Resort to social media or YouTube to find exercises that may appeal to you. We live in an era where all the information we need to know is at the tips of our fingers. Take advantage of it.

With all this to say, 2017 is coming to an end. As we open up a new year, reflect on the past 12 months, be proud of your accomplishments and learn from your mistakes. Set realistic goals and start destroying them now. You don’t need to wait another couple weeks to start a new lifestyle. Don’t wait until tomorrow, or next week or next month. Take control of your actions today.

Book a session with our personal trainer, Amar, to help you get set into a routine before the New Year.

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