5 simple tips to improve your fitness
Learn how to work in a workout – and make your efforts at a healthy, balanced lifestyle really effective, even when you're super busy.
Try this simple 5-step program:
While it might sound like a chore, when you take the time to get organised, you eliminate the excuses we often use to justify missing a workout. Schedule your workouts in your diary like you do other appointments. By allocating time to your fitness goals during the week, you will have a positive influence on your consistency and, in turn, your results.
You are what you eat
Your diet and nutrition is 50 per cent of everything you want to achieve in fitness and in health. Yes, you’ve heard it over and over again, but the key to good nutrition is whole foods, fruits and vegetables. Also, make sure you are drinking water regularly throughout the day. Dehydration can stimulate the hunger response, making you feel sluggish and unmotivated.
Small acts count
Something is better than nothing. Doing small positive things consistently across every aspect of your health will eventually build up to big results. For example, if you can't make it to your normal workout, try doing in a 10 or 15-minute bodyweight workout or even a quick stretch. Doing something active for your body each day – even if it's small – will help more than you think and creates good habits.
The spice of life
Variety is key. Your body and mind loves variety. Try mixing up your workout routine during the week, whether that means trying a different class or doing a new and different exercise. Variety keeps your body guessing, which means it has to work a little bit harder to keep up with the changing stimulus. And the options are endless. Aim to try something completely new every once in a while for added spark.
Quality not quantity
It is important to be focused during your workout. This means making sure you are in the zone, motivated and ready to give it your all. You might think the length of a workout is the most important, but performing a focused 20-minute workout, harnessing all of your attention, is so much more effective than simply just going through the motions for an hour.