Hello to all keen readers,

I hope you are all well. With the year closing as I have alluded to in previous blogs we tend to lose our way and almost feel overpowered by societal pressures into celebrating the the festive season a little too much. This is matched by our fall away with our motivation to maintain our fitness and activity routine.

So ladies and gentlemen, let’s keep the switch on and stay focused onto the reasons why you have started your fitness regime and for those who are looking to commence a training regime, now is as good as anytime to start. Don’t delay. Don’t wait till tomorrow because you know tomorrow never comes.

Here are a few tips to get your results back on track.

  1. Motivation is key. Many people start out an exercise program with boundless enthusiasm, but have left it by the wayside after only a few weeks. It is difficult to keep that initial enthusiasm high over the next few months, but don’t despair. I am here to help. If you skip a workout, or get lazy for a few days, let me know! I will change your program around, or do whatever it takes to get you going again. And remember, skipping one or two workouts is certainly not a tragedy – don’t guilt yourself into thinking that you’ve set yourself back, or ruined the progress you’ve made. Working out is not about feeling guilty, it’s about feeling great!
  2. Lifestyle changes are far more successful in reaching your goals than radical one off actions. By this, I mean that you could go for a ten kilometre run tomorrow, and probably not gain as much as if you went for a half hour jog, and eliminated your chocolate biscuit with the morning cup of coffee. Think of this as a new beginning. All you need is subtle changes to your lifestyle, you know, take the stairs if its only a few flights, walk, don’t drive, to the station in the morning, or the local shop on Saturday morning to pick up your paper. And lifestyle changes are far easier to maintain over the long term than sudden and intense bursts of exercise. You want to be healthier for life, right?
  3. Nutrition is also an essential part of health and fitness. No matter what your goals are, it is always important to eat a well balanced diet. Balance, of course, means moderation. It’s okay to have take-away once in a while, just not every week. And yes, we all know what a healthy diet is. More fruit and veggies, less processed foods. For more specific information, look at , or e-mail me and I can arrange for you to have your own eating plan to boost your results.
  4. Perfect Technique is the Best Way to Results. Once you have your program, make sure you understand how to perform the exercises. Maybe hire a personal trainer, train with an experienced exerciser or group. The most common flaw in an exercise regime is poor technique – not only can you do damage to you knees, shoulders, lower back and hips, but you may not be working the appropriate muscles as hard as you should be. You will get more out of your workouts if your technique is right – and therefore, you will get better results!
  5. Enjoy yourself! If your program is not enjoyable, you are likely to give it up. Speak to me, rather than suffering in silence. Remember that I am here to help you – and I haven’t done my job if you aren’t enjoying yourself. I will do my best to motivate you, if you put in the hard work.

So continue the journey towards success. Ignore those distraction and use your friends, family and colleagues to help keep you on track as your support network and you will breeze though the festive season 2017. Hold your head high and be proud of what you are doing.

Forever Forward,

Alive PT