Were you one of the many who set a fitness resolution back in January? Did you know that 66% of people quit their new year resolutions within the first month? Now that autumn is upon us, it is a great time to start your journey to a healthier you. The summer is officially over, the children are back to school and the workers are back to work. Having eaten and drunk a lot throughout the summer, you may be feeling it’s about time to make some changes to get your health back on track. September fitness starts here.
If this resonates with you, then September is a great time to create good habits for the festive season and the upcoming winter months. Whether you’re looking to lose a few pounds, maintain your current weight or to increase your fitness, exercising regularly and eating healthily are the two best things you can do for your body. Now, let’s look at how and why you should make a September fitness resolution today.
The Benefits of a Regular Exercise Routine
Regular exercise has MANY proven health benefits. According to the NHS, it is proven to prevent type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol levels, strokes, heart disease and even certain cancers. Regular exercise is also great at improving your mental wellbeing, which helps to avoid depression and anxiety. Physical activity is fantastic at providing a well-needed confidence boost as you start to see improvements in muscle tone and weight loss results.
If you are new to exercise or even returning after a long break, then it is important to set realistic goals. Start by committing to working out at least twice a week, and when that feels comfortable, add another session in. On rest days, it is also important not to remain sedentary, go for a brisk walk. To have an overall approach, ensure your workouts include a cardiovascular element and also resistance exercises such as squats, lunges and weights, this will ensure optimum fat burning occurs. And finally, make sure you enjoy your workouts! Enlist the company of a friend or hire a PT to ensure you are likely to stick to a September fitness routine.
The Benefits of a Healthy Diet
Summer BBQs, parties and late-night G&T’s are over, however, all of the food and alcohol can really take its toll on your body. So, start by eliminating all of the toxins, start by cutting out or reducing your intake of caffeine, alcohol, fizzy drinks, refined sugars (cakes, biscuits etc) and saturated fats (red and processed meats). This may seem hard at first, however, your skin, body and waistline will thank you later. Now is the time to up your fluids by drinking plenty of water to help your body flush out toxins.
Also ensure that you are eating well-balanced meals which include protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats. Be sure that your plates are filled with plenty of fruit and vegetables for those all-important vitamins and minerals. Are you stuck for healthy recipes? Click HERE to see our personal trainer approved recipes.
Saying goodbye to your social summer is a great reason to start your health kick. The majority of people do not have many social events until December when the Christmas parties and events begin. Being in routine also makes it a lot easier for you to schedule your fitness into your diary. Did you know it’s only 16 weeks until Christmas! When starting a fitness regime, you should always have a goal in mind. Christmas is the perfect opportunity, as it acts as a motivator. You’ll also have a better January. If you start the good habits nows, following a healthy diet and increasing your physical activity, when January comes, you’ll already have a solid foundation to start from. Good things come from those you exercise!
Do you need help with getting off the starting blocks? Why not book a FREE consultation with one of The Trainers expert PT’s to see how we can help you start your healthier journey today.
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