Here are some Top Tips to help get you positive results in your health & fitness!
Add strength training. Think of your strength as a container, and all other aspects of training as the contents. The bigger the container the greater your ability will be to get results in all other areas. Don't limit your potential by avoiding lifting heavy – and get advice if you haven't trained specifically for strength before!
Nutrition! A good diet is imperative – you can't out-train a bad diet. Top tips for nutrition are to avoid processed foods, high GI carbohydrates & alcohol, whilst making sure you include lots of vegetables, sufficient good quality protein & do not avoid fat in your diet! Fat won't make you fat!
Rest & recover. Make sure you are getting a good night's sleep! This is the most important recovery & regeneration time for your body, don't skimp on it!
Don't just move more – more better. One of my favourites! The video above is just a basic demonstration of movement. Learn proper technique, you can always go faster or heavier later. Going too fast or too heavy without good technique is a recipe for disaster. The Body-Flow class I will be offering soon will teach you proprioception – to become aware of your body's position and the level of exertion required in any given movement.
Focus on long term – and periodise to get there. We all want results immediately, but create long term goals, then break them down into more short term goals, and formulate a plan (periodise) to get there. Some aspects of getting there will be harder & less enjoyable than others, but they are just as important – do not avoid things purely because they are harder or not as fun!
Develop power! Explosive training (strength combined with speed) will yield fantastic results, and relatively quickly too. This type of training requires a good knowledge of safe training technique and the ability to adjust and scale exercises.
Don't be fooled! Fit flops, ab gliders, detox diets, shake weights, etc – all junk! There is no short-cut to health, fitness, strength & mobility. There are only good ways & bad ways. Use common sense or ask the advice of a professional if you are considering spending money on something to achieve your goals.
Make it a lifestyle choice. Almost every exercise & diet regime out there that has failed has done so for one reason – it has been temporary (either by design or default). Any plan to change that is temporary, will only ever yield temporary results. Period. If you go on a 30-day diet, or join the gym for 2 months, or attend training (group or private) sessions haphazardly, your results will always be short-lived or disappointing at best. Make the decision for your life, and then watch how much your life improves!
Challenge everything, especially yourself.
Alex Kay Grimmer
Contact me for Kettlebell classes and Personal Training in Southend-on-sea.
Contact & location details are on my website: BODYQUESTPT