Getting fit can feel a lot like hard work and at Manor House Lindley we understand that. It can be difficult to find a workout that will fit around your busy schedule, and life sometimes gets in the way. So how do other people do it? And how can you make it feel like a way of life?
#1 – be consistent
Getting fit isn’t about being the fastest, it’s about being consistent. You might not run as fast as some people, but the important thing is that you are moving.
One of the easiest ways to remain consistent and motivated is to join a fitness class or book ahead for some form of activity such as a personal training session. This will ensure that you do the workout because others will be expecting you and that is a great tool to make sure that you follow through.
#2 – effective routine
Picking a routine that’s right for you is the key. If you hate the routine you’re currently doing, then it’s not right for you.
Why not try out a few different ways of getting fit and find out what you enjoy? We offer a range of fitness activities in The Studio so there is something to suit everyone.
• Strength conditioning
Ideally, a mix of strength, flexibility and cardio produces the best results. Here’s a useful plan that you could start working towards:
1. Strength training: 20 minutes a day twice a week
2. Yoga: once a week - we offer vinyasa and hatha yoga
3. Cardio: 20 minutes twice a week – join our HIIT classes
#3 – get your food right
Getting your food on track can have a massive impact on weight loss, weight maintenance and muscle building. We recommend keeping a food diary to help you keep on top of your diet – you could be consuming a lot more calories than you think, keeping a food diary will help you to become more aware.
The food you eat fuels your exercise performance, so it’s not just all about eating fruit and veg, it’s about eating food that will give you the energy and nutrients you need and will provide a slow-release of energy.
Many people often skip breakfast but eating breakfast regularly has been linked to lowering your risk of developing obesity, diabetes and heart disease, so ensure you’re eating right throughout the day.
In The Kitchen, we offer nutritious meals and protein shakes and smoothies to help with your nutrition plan. Plus, we are open from 6am so you can make sure you get the best out of the most important meal of the day.
#4 – hydration
It is recommended that you drink two litres of water a day. Not only will this help to keep you hydrated which can have a great effect on your skin, it can help to supress your appetite and stop you from snacking between meals. Snacking can really come between you and your goals so it is imperative to drink water.
If that isn’t enough, drinking water can actually help to increase your rate of calorie burn and is necessary to help you burn fat.
#5 – quality of sleep Having a healthy sleep regime can have a big impact on the results of your workouts. Not getting enough sleep can affect hormones in your body, including producing less human growth hormone which is absolutely essential if you want to lose fat and produce more muscle.
Exercising too close to your bedtime can also affect your hormones including raising your cortisol levels, which should be low in order to get a good night’s sleep, so try to time your workouts for earlier in the day.
#6 – bring it all together Once you’ve found a routine that works for you and you’ve got on top of your diet, remember that the key to fitness is consistency. Keep motivated and don’t be disheartened by an ‘off-day’.
We also find it best to not jump on the scales too often and to not measure your progress by a change in weight, but by the way your clothes fit. Some people find keeping a picture diary helps so you can see just how far you’ve come!
If you are unsure where to start or are daunted by the fitness journey ahead of you, our personal trainers can help make that journey easier. With proven track experience with all types of clients looking for different types of results, our PTs will guide you to reach your goals. Get in touch today on 01484 504 000 to find out more or head to The Studio page for more info.