In a bit of a rut with your healthy lifestyle? Maybe you’re completely off the wagon, despite firm promises to yourself on January 1st that this would be ‘your year’ to make a change with your appearance. Perhaps you have a special event or a vacation coming up in the summer and want to be looking your best? Either way, twelve weeks is a good timeframe to really turn things around. If you’re looking to get serious and really get yourself in shape, here are a few ways you can go about it.
Hire a Personal Trainer
If you’re new to fitness or haven’t worked out in a while, or have specific goals you need help in reaching- speaking to a personal trainer is a smart move. They can create tailored workouts especially for you based on your body type, fitness level and what you want to achieve. They can show you new exercises and let you know what you need to do to reach your goal as quickly as possible. If it’s your first time heading to the gym, it can be a bit overwhelming with all of the equipment and people with perfectly sculpted bodies looking like they know exactly what they’re doing! Having a personal trainer show you the ropes helps to alleviate that ‘gym fear’ and gives you a clear plan, so you know exactly what you’re doing when you get in there. You could visit a site like marcdressen.com and find out what kind of services are available. To make a real difference in twelve weeks, aim to be exercising moderately to vigorously three to five days a week.
Clean Up Your Diet
Eating a clean diet with a rainbow of fruit and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean protein is ideal for everyone. Forget the fad diets, slimming teas, tablets and everything else. Anything that starves you and causes quick weight loss will only lead to it being gained back plus more once you start eating normally again. Instead, focus on nourishing your body with the good stuff and cutting out what you know you shouldn’t be eating. Processed and fried foods, those which are high in sugar and salt will have a detrimental effect on your waistline as well as your health in general. Use a food app such as MyFitnessPal to monitor the total number of calories you’ve eaten which should allow you to stay on track. Around eighty percent of your weight loss is based on your diet, so even if you’re working really hard at the gym, you need to be eating right too. While ‘cheat meals’ can be helpful, don’t be indulging too often if you really want to make a difference in the twelve-week time frame. Once a week you could allow yourself one meal (within limits) or one dessert of something that you fancy.
Use a Fitness Trackers
People who use fitness trackers are more likely to stick to their goals and work harder than those who don’t. When you can see exactly what you’ve done, it makes it easy to stay motivated and can push you to meet your daily targets. Products like Fitbit and Apple Watch monitor your activity and translate the data into easy to read charts and graphs. If you find that your motivation starts falling by the wayside after a few weeks, something like this could really help.
Stick to this for twelve weeks, and you will drop excess body fat and be looking much more sculpted and toned. Use this progress to encourage you to keep up a healthy lifestyle.