Struggling to keep your New Year’s resolutions? Don’t worry – I am too. Well, let me tell you, we’re not alone. According to a recent survey that we carried out, tomorrow is the date when most people’s good intentions fall by the wayside and old habits begin to creep back. Are you one of the 85% who has given up on your new and improved lifestyle already? Well, don’t let that be the case! Blue Monday is approaching, but we want to take this opportunity to turn your January blues into blue-skies and sunshine by getting you ‘Beach Holiday Ready’ for the summer.
There are lots of ways to prepare yourself for a great year ahead, but one of the most popular things that people want to achieve is getting in shape for their upcoming summer holiday. Sound familiar? If so, read on to find out how best to kick-start your holiday fitness regime.
Set achievable goals
Don’t aim for something unimaginable. If your goal is too unrealistic, you’ll fall at the first hurdle. As the saying goes, slow and steady wins the race – don’t run before you can walk. Aim to be just 1% better each day and your goals will be a lot more attainable.
Don’t expect to go from being a couch potato to a semi-professional athlete in a matter of days. Take your time and you’ll get a lot more out of it. Whether you run five miles or five metres on your first day, it’s still an achievement. Just aim to improve at your own pace.
Do what you love
Just because it’s the latest craze doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily for you. Everyone might be going out running, but if you hate running and force yourself to do it, you won’t see results. You’re better off investing your time in something that you’ll enjoy taking part in, whether that be tennis, swimming, dancing…you decide.
Nutrition is key
Abs are made in the kitchen. In fact, they already exist, but if you’re not eating the right things, you’re never going to see them! Exercise accounts for about 30% of a healthy body and the rest is down to nutrition. There’s no point counting calories if they consist of chocolates and crisps. Don’t get caught up in calorie counting, but instead, focus on what it is you’re eating. Opt for earth-grown, fresh nutrients rather than processed and packaged foods.
Don’t give up
If you put all this hard work in prior to your holiday, it doesn’t have to stop the second you set foot on the plane. Many of our hotels offer excellent fitness suites and activities for you to get involved with whilst on holiday. You can take part in group classes or hire a bike and then reward yourself with a well-earned ice cream or spa treatment – guilt free!
Luckily we have pop singer and personal trainer Michelle Heaton on board to help us target those problem areas before we hit the beach. Have a look at the videos below for some pointers which are sure to leave you feeling body confident in time for your holiday:
For more tips and advice on how to be ‘Beach Holiday Ready’ for 2016, click here and read all about:
- How to stay positive and keep motivated in the New Year – by life coach, Anna Williamson
- Top tips for travelling with children – by children’s newspaper editior, Nicky Cox
And much, much more…
How are your New Year’s resolutions going? And how do you plan on being ‘Beach Holiday Ready’ this year? Let me know in the comments below.