Keep it up

HEALTH:

The key to staying healthy throughout life is consistency; it takes ongoing commitment to achieve long lasting results.

With this in mind, it can be helpful to think about how much of your current routine you can realistically see yourself sticking to in the future. If any part of your diet or fitness regime isn’t sustainable then you’re less likely to reap the long-term rewards.

EXERCISE:

6445After you finish your workout, ask yourself which aspects you enjoyed and which you didn’t. As a rule, the most gratifying aspects of your workout will be executed with energy and care while the rest may be rushed or avoided.

By seeking advice from a personal trainer on how to get more variety and enjoyment from your routine, you will be more likely to keep it up.

NUTRITION:

Healthy eating is not about strict diets, staying unrealistically thin or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Instead of being overly concerned with calorie counting, think of your diet in terms of colour, variety and freshness.

Try to eat foods in season and never cut out entire food groups. This should make it easier to make food choices that are both healthy and delicious.

© Sarah West Nutrition

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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