I was lucky enough, in my previous employment, to have access to a personal trainer as a company benefit. One of my biggest regrets from my time there is not making better use of him. Given how hard it can be to find that motivation to keep going on any health and fitness plan, an encouraging voice around the office not to eat that 3rd cake (seriously how many birthdays can one office have in a week!) can be a god send. My hope for including a health and fitness section on the blog is not to bombard with images of skinny girls drinking magic tea, but to provide some motivational but sensible advice from a professional, on how to set or improve on some health and fitness goals before your wedding day.
So as promised a few weeks back, Daniel Allen is here to give you some hints and tips on getting started on your journey to a healthier you!
When it comes to thinking about looking your best on your special day, it’s important to remember that the changes you are about to make are ones that have a positive impact on your health, are realistic to your lifestyle and are changes that can be made permanent, to make every day after your special day, just as special.
Reading the different types of women’s magazines and so called ‘fitness articles’ often confuses most consumers with what could work for them.
I’m guessing you’ve been sat there asking yourself what ‘diet’ should I go on? Should I be running a marathon to lose weight?
That is where a lot of people get it wrong.
Forget about what diet you should be on, or whether you should be running yourself into the ground.
Why does it have to be a ‘diet’? What about just eating clean real food?
Why do you have to run a marathon to lose weight? What happened to just being active for what you are capable of doing, or what you’ll enjoy?
Yes, there will be a time when a certain type of training will be more beneficial, when eating more or cutting out a type of food will improve you again, but that will be at a time when you are ready to take that challenge on.
When you first start out on your fitness journey a lot of people find it a daunting task. It doesn’t have to be. There are 2 simple steps to follow:
- Eat clean, real food
- Move the body at a greater intensity of what it is used to
Let’s look into that more….
What is clean, real food? Real food is stuff that grew from the ground, swam in the sea, flew in the air, ran in our fields, was planted and nourished with a hand to it. Real food is a single ingredient, from a natural source.
What is moving the body to a greater intensity? First you have to ask what you are capable of right now? Do you walk to work and back? Go to the gym 2 x per week?
Whatever level you’re at, moving the body to a greater intensity is as simple as doing more than what you currently do. Gym 2x per week? Go 3x per week. Walk to work and back? Walk the longer route on the way back.
Whatever your current level, there will always be a way of increasing the intensity that will be realistic to you.
It does not have to be the vision of your worst nightmare; it just has to be suitable to you with the thought of continuous progression.
Applying these simple methods will make health and fitness realistic and fun, it will provide a healthy outlook not just physically but also mentally, you will inspire others, and you will love every day just as much as your special day.
I will be progressing on to further details and more tips in the weeks to come, so check back for exercise examples, nutrition advice and general day-to-day healthy living tips that can easily be applied to your daily routine.
If you have any questions on Daniel’s post please contact us or post a comment below. Daniel is a personal trainer based in Manchester with tons of experience working with groups and individuals. If you are interested in taking on some personal training you can contact him via his Facebook page.