One of the most common New Year’s Resolutions is the desire to get into better shape over the next 12 months. If this sounds like something you want to achieve, here are some ways you can get fitter in the new year.
Change up your diet
One of the most important ways to help your body feel fitter is to make sure you’re putting the right things inside of it. No matter how hard you train, your body will never be able to gain muscle if all you’re eating is a diet full of fast food and unhealthy snacks. Many of these contain high levels of fat, sugar, and carbohydrates, which can be bad for you unless they’re part of a healthy diet. Whilst it might feel like sugar gives you an energy kick, eating things like chocolate will only give you a sudden burst before crashing later on in the day.
It’s important to try and eat fresh vegetables with every single meal of the day, whether that’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Try and fill your plate with as many different coloured vegetables as possible, so you have a wide range of vitamins in your diet. One of the best ways to make sure you have lots of vegetables to hand regularly is to grow them yourself. Visit a website like Happy Valley Seeds to find the best vegetables for your diet. They have a range of over 800 vegetable and flower seeds, so you’ll be sure to find whatever produce you like best. Not only will you know you have constant access to the freshest produce, but you can rest assured you’re not consuming any additives or chemicals that some food producers add to their products to make them last longer. As well as this, gardening is a great way to relieve stress and also a great way of exercising.
As well as your diet, exercise is also vitally important to staying fit. You might think the secret to being as fit as possible is to go for an intense gym session that lasts for hours and works every single muscle in the body. This will only be the case if you visit the gym regularly. In fact, when building up muscle and stamina, it’s more important to exercise little and often rather than try and fit all of your exercises into one session a week. Make sure you spend 30 minutes every day doing some form of exercise, whether that’s a gentle walk, a swim, a cycle, or a gym session.
Get some rest
As well as working out hard, it’s also important to get some rest. Sleep is massively important to weight loss, and a lack of it could actually see you gaining weight no matter how hard you work out during the day. It also gives your muscles time to rest from the strain you’ve been putting them under. Make sure you try to go to bed as early as possible, so you feel energised enough to stay active during the day.