January sparks the perfect time to throw yourself into a new health kick and fitness regime. Most people start the year with resolutions that require them to lose weight, get fitter or tone up. But a lot of people find that they haven’t prepared themselves enough for this, and then either decide to stop or do things in a different way. So before you decide to quit your health kick for good this year, here are some of the factors you should consider. Hopefully, they will help you overcome those initial hurdles to get you on the way to a fitter and healthier version of yourself.
What are your current fitness levels like?
Sometimes we can do too much too soon and unfortunately when it comes to exercise this is where people get it wrong. Having not taken any exercise for a while, or not as done as much as you should have, people go head first into January thinking they can run a distance or last for a while in the gym or doing a class. The thing is, you probably can’t, or at least the way it makes you feel puts you off to even try again. Assess your fitness levels and be realistic with what you can and can’t do. Gradually build on that and you will not only see results but perhaps enjoy the process as well.
How would you rate your overall health?
A health kick tends to be a focus around your general health and wellbeing, so ask yourself how you would rate that at the moment? Are you in good shape? Have you a few pounds to lose? Is your mind in the right place? All of these things need to be factored in so that you can best decide the best food to eat and the areas you need to work on the most. If you have any niggling health concerns then maybe it would be wise to seek a bit of advice from a doctor. Thankfully with phone applications like Babylon Health, you won’t have to wait for the answers you want to hear.
Do you feel lethargic during the day?
A reason to prompt you to change your lifestyle and concentrate on your health could be more to do with how you feel rather than how you look. One of the most common issues is feeling tired, low on energy and lethargic during the day. Often feeling this way can leave you unmotivated to even want to attempt exercise. However small changes such as an earlier night or increasing your water intake could help you on your way for feeling better and more inspired to give that health kick your full concentration and efforts.
Have you experienced bloating or stomach pain?
Finally, a health kick also has much to do with your current diet. So if you find yourself feeling a little rubbish, perhaps bloated or experiencing stomach aches and pains this could have a lot to do with your current diet. Think about the food choices you make now and try and spot a pattern. You may need to exclude certain foods from your daily intake to feel much better on the inside and out.
I hope these questions help you stick with your 2017 health kick.