Get some support


You might think you can effectively learn exercise techniques by watching friends or others in the gym – but sometimes what you see isn’t safe.

Incorrect technique can lead to sprains, strains, fractures and other painful injuries that may hamper your health and your fitness efforts.


If you’re just getting started, schedule some time with a personal trainer who can show you how to exercise safely and ensure that you don’t begin with any bad habits.

52Such expertise can also be useful if you’re been training for a while, allowing you to demonstrate your technique and identify any tweaks that may be necessary to help you progress.


A food diary is an extremely useful tool to support your training, enabling you to check that you are consuming the right amount of calories each day and help identify where you might need to make some changes.

Try it for 1 week (noting down meal times and portion sizes as well as everything you eat and drink) and you may be surprised by the results.

© Sarah West Nutrition

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