The Feel Good Place
There’s no point thinking that 2015 is the year you’re going to conquer the gym if you hate it. You’re better doing something you really enjoy and setting yourself goals to improve performance
If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to shed those festive pounds and get a better body in 2015 fear not, the Better fitness team at Leisure Centres in the Oxfordshire area have some tips to keep you on track.
Megan Horwood, Community Sports Manager for Better Leisure Centres in Oxfordshire says, “Getting fit, losing a few pounds and toning up is always one of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions. It’s not surprising that Christmas weight gain is a problem for many; we’ve seen it time and again. We’re here to help you with these helpful tips to keep you on the road to success long after January has been and gone.”
Get some support
Ask friends and family to get involved. Perhaps they too want to start 2015 on a new footing. Suggest joining a new class together; it’s an opportunity to meet up socially as well, and if you both commit to a regular routine you’re more likely to stick to it. For less telly and more tone, Better’s fitness experts are on hand to get you on the right track.
Create a playlist
Working out to music can be a great motivator. So create a new playlist that you can work in time to. Upload songs to your iPod or phone that increases in speed, so you do. Thrash out a high-tempo beat for maximum motivation, and slow it down for stretching and cooling.
Find something you enjoy
There’s no point thinking that 2015 is the year you’re going to conquer the gym if you hate it. You’re better off doing something you really enjoy and setting yourself goals to improve your performance. There are so many options to choose from at Better leisure centres outside of the gym, such as gymnastics, swimming, racquet sports, yoga and diving. When it comes to fitness, and if you need any advice, just talk to a fitness expert who will put you on the right path.
Don’t keep plugging away at the same old workout routine. Book in a refocus or reassessment session with your local Better gym, which is offered for free every six weeks for Better members, so you can review your fitness levels and adapt your training.
Set Realistic Targets
Don’t try to do too much too soon. Take baby steps if you are just starting out with a new exercise regime. Try walking before running, use small weights then move on to heavier ones. Join beginners’ classes and work up to advanced techniques.
Go easy on yourself; don’t want to push too hard too quickly. You will just put your body at risk of pulling a muscle, or worse. There is no magic cure or overnight results - simply be consistent and push yourself a little more each time and you will reach your goals.
Megan Horwood adds, “Oxfordshire Better Leisure Centres run a timetable of daily, individual or group activities that can fit in to your daily routine as part of your New Year’s resolution. Don’t miss out on our January no joining fee offer - saving you up to £35. With no long term contract and no joining fees, there’s no better time to take advantage of our health and fitness memberships.”