Happy New Year

HEALTH:

This New Year, be realistic with your goals. Resolving to run a marathon by March is wholly unfeasible for an inexperienced exerciser. Likewise, intending to cut out entire food groups is likely to be a short-lived (as well as potentially harmful!) tactic. When choosing a resolution, try to pick a safe, attainable goal with a realistic time frame.15058979974098659_lLqXLSvY_c

EXERCISE:

Don’t make too many resolutions all at once. There’s no rule that you have to cover all areas you’d like to change, so pick one or two themes that are most important to you and set reachable targets within these areas.

NUTRITION:

Looking closely at what you eat is often an eye-opening experience, and keeping a food diary is a great way to keep track of everything you put into your body.

Monitoring your daily intake will help you to tweak your diet so that you can still enjoy foods you love without sabotaging your fitness efforts. You don’t have to do it for the rest of your life, but it’s a great way to start the year feeling your best.

© Sarah West Nutrition

Get some support

HEALTH:

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.

EXERCISE:

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.

NUTRITION:

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