Fitness Resolution for 2019? Don't Make One of These 5 Mistakes.
The welcoming in of a new year sees gym memberships around the country soar. There’s something incredibly liberating about getting to start the year with a clean slate; and every January 1st people across the globe accept the challenge to redefine what they want their life to look like. New year, new you.
If you’re one of the thousands of people who will make a fitness resolution for 2019, it’s important you get off to the right start. So whether this is your first foray into physical exercise, or you’re returning back to it after an “extended break” (hey, we’ve all been there), make sure you read our list of the top 5 mistakes that people make.
1. Don’t be a hero.
This is number one on our list for very good reason. If you set unrealistic goals, you’re inevitably setting yourself up to fail. Whether it be how many miles you want to run, how much you want to lift or how often you’ll be hitting the gym, remember that physical burnout is real folks. If you go too hard, too soon, you’re likely to end up doing yourself an injury and taking backward steps.
Do keep it realistic. Start by deciding how often you’ll exercise per week over a long-term basis, and stick to it. Start with small, achievable goals and work your way up. This is a marathon, not a sprint.
2. Don’t go cuckoo for cardio.
It can be tempting to spend your entire time on the treadmill or exercise bike when you hit the gym. Cardio is great, fantastic in fact, but you can have too much of a good thing. If you’re only ever doing cardio, you’re missing out on one of the most important parts of exercise.
Do mix it up. Your muscles are amazing, but if you don’t use them you lose them. In fact muscle tone steadily decreases from your thirties onwards unless you put up a fight. Resistance training is key for building muscle, improving tone and increasing your metabolism - not to mention giving you awesome strength. Who doesn’t want that?! Make sure that you’re workout includes cardio and resistance training to get your full body working.
3. Don’t skimp (or splurge) unnecessarily.
This is one of the areas that the majority of our fans admit to making when they first started to get fit - investing in the wrong kit. It’s easily done, and can go in one of two directions. A) You spend a small fortune on gear that you later realise was overkill; or B) You undercommit, buying poorly designed kit that isn’t up to the task, doesn’t wear well, and makes you feel uncomfortable.
Do purchase quality pieces that you can mix and match. The vital collection by bodytek offers breathable, durable apparel crafted from sustainable bamboo with an eco-friendly focus. You’ll feel confident, look fabulous and be raring to go.
4. Don’t get fixated on the numbers.
The only numbers you need to be thinking about are your reps and miles. Weight fluctuates, it’s unreliable and most importantly, it doesn’t represent your health or worth. If all you’re concentrating on is the numbers on the scale, you’ll miss out all of the fantastic changes your body is going through.
Do pay attention. Notice your improved stamina, the strength of your legs, that extra set of reps you were able to push through. Fitness isn’t about the numbers on the scale, it’s about appreciating your strength, physical and otherwise.
5. Don’t start for the wrong reasons.
Last, but certainly not least, make sure you’re coming at exercise from a good place. This shouldn’t be about punishing yourself or making reparations for a boozy festive period. Working out should be enjoyable! I know that may sound like an oxymoron, but your mindset can genuinely affect how likely you are to stay on track with your fitness journey.
Do see your active time as ‘me time’. Savour the moments in your week when you leave work, family, study, and all other expectations behind. Focus purely on the air in your lungs, the racing of your heart and loving your body from the inside out.
With our 5 tips in mind, you’ll be ready to throw on your new fitness apparel and meet your fitness resolutions for 2019 head-on. Watch out 2019, we’re coming for you.