From Lee Murrin
Fitness Manager at The Mayson
1. Identify why you would like to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Getting into better shape does not always mean losing weight. Perhaps you just want to feel better about yourself, have more energy and know that you are making better choices, for your body and mind.
Whatever your goal is, if you identify the reasons why you are making healthier choices it will keep you motivated.
Know the reason why you are powering through a workout, walking to work, drinking more water, switching off the phone and getting an extra hour of sleep, saying “no thanks” to takeaway for the fifth time this week, or following any of the below tips.
2. Make your plan
Set some goals with a timeframe, keep things simple but focus on the positive habits and behaviours that will lead you to the goal. The results will come with consistency.
Most importantly, have a goal of showing up to activity, a certain number of weights sessions, meditation, walks, swims, classes, mountain hikes, stretching at home or a combination of all within a certain amount of time. Then set up a simple exercise completion log and tick off when you complete a session. If this was the only thing you did, resulting in more completed sessions, you will be making progress and certainly forming the correct habits for bigger goals if you choose.
3. Hydrate `
We all know we should drink more water and stay hydrated. Hydration levels dramatically affect every function in our bodies. Drinking more water is one of the simplest ways to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Good hydration aids digestion, refuels our bodies for upcoming workouts, boosts energy, nourishes the skin, the list of benefits goes on and on.
Keep a water bottle at your workplace as a reminder to drink more water or carry a water bottle with you.
All POWER gyms have a filtered water station, fill it up!
4. Eat real, whole food
Most people need to forget counting calories; instead, focus on fuelling your body as a start.
If you’re eating nutritious foods with as few ingredients as possible -fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and protein – you’re treating your body well. You can look at calorie expenditure and macro % when healthy wholesome nutrition becomes a habit.
5. Add activity to the day whenever possible.
Find a way (or a few ways) to be active every day. Integrate exercise into your day. At lunchtime, go for a brisk 20-minute walk to clear your head and re-energise. Go for a walk to pick up a healthy lunch from somewhere different, whatever maximises your time for additional activity.
Step off the bus or Luas one stop earlier and stretch your legs. If you have a meeting with a colleague planned, consider going for a “walk and talk”. This can also revitalise your mind and get you ready for a productive afternoon.
Even better book your POWER classes and plan your week in advance!
6. Find activities that you truly enjoy.
It may sound simple but do the activity you enjoy. Find the type of exercise that achieves your primary goal of showing up and consistency.
Even if it’s just going for a walk in your favourite place. This could be a POWER class for social interaction and banging tunes!
A weights session in the gym because you love the feeling of training with weights and the results it gives you. Or perhaps an early morning swim in the sea.
It doesn’t matter what it is, if you enjoy the experience, and you continue into summer in a healthier place as a result. Do something you like, an exercise that is not enjoyable will not get you out of bed. If you like walking, cycling, yoga, or swimming (you get the idea), make it part of your plan and look forward to it.
We have a variety of group training sessions, you are bound to enjoy our POWER classes! Or speak with one of the POWER Personal Trainers to tailor a realistic plan you will enjoy!
7. Buddy up with a training Partner
There’s extra motivation from the knowledge that someone is waiting for you to train or attend a class together. This helps you to stick to your plans. Make a pact with a friend to encourage each other and commit to set training sessions and times. Add in some elements of competition, even if it’s a competition for the most completed workouts or set a goal for both of you through the month. Having a training partner is a great way to spend time with a friend or family member. This gives even more value to the training. Maybe catch up for a coffee before or after the training, leave the phone behind and have some quality time together.
Extra: This doesn’t have to be restricted to the gym. Maybe the goal is mental wellness, and you meet for a weekly chat with a friend. Perhaps you write in the diary to go swimming or hiking as a family at least once per week. Whatever suits your lifestyle.
8. To focus the mind, is to power the body.
Positive self-talk and a positive environment are key.
Just as it’s important to have that training partner, it is also key to your success to surround yourself with positive people. Positive people who speak, act, and encourage others to do well. Your daily surroundings and the people you associate with are almost as important as the training sessions. Avoid people with a negative outlook, focus on positive self-talk and finding solutions rather than excuses. Positivity will lead to success. Remember, it’s long-term habits and behaviours that lead to a change in anything. This is powered by a positive mind from you.
Hopefully, these tips will help you strengthen your wellness habits. If you fail to hit your weekly goals or miss a workout, don’t panic. Get straight back on track at the earliest opportunity.
Last of all, go outside for some fresh air in the great outdoors. This will be good for your mind as well as your body. Focus on the value of a healthy lifestyle. As your momentum and consistency build with small changes, so will your motivation.
……..Try a new class. Group fitness classes can be the gateway to new forms of movement. This type of environment also offers valuable social support that you may not experience otherwise.