There’s no quick fix – crash diets work for a short time but will not give you lifetime results. Do you want to keep dieting for the rest of your life or have a mindful diet which is sustainable for a lifetime
Weight loss is down to the right nutrition – Old cliché “ you can’t out-train a bad diet. It’s olden but a gooden
You need a support team
Stay focused on why you want to get into shape. Having a clear reason for working out means you’re less likely to give up
Monitor everything from what you eat to what you do in the gym and even watching your body in the mirror. Racking progress will give you the positive reinforcement to continue
What are the biggest challenges for those just starting to get into fitness
Education – People are bombarded with contradictory advice from the government, media, internet fitness gurus etc. But what works for one person may not work for another
Mindset – you need to have a positive aspiration to keep pushing your limits. Remember, it takes time – there are no quick fixes.
Don’t compare yourself to others -use celebs, fitness idols or family and friends who have got to where you want as inspiration. But don’t copy them. What works for them may not work for you!
Advice to those just starting out
Go slow! If you’re a novice or have had a layoff from training, don’t go out a do a 10-mile run or hardcore CrossFit from the getgo. That’s an excellent way to get injured or thinking its too much for you from waking up sore every morning and just giving up.
Instead, take small steps and work up your overall body strength before you move into the more advanced stuff.
I would say to those just beginning, or who used to work out but haven’t done for a while, to focus on bodyweight movements instead of jumping straight onto the weights.
Things like squats, pull-ups and push-ups. Moves like this help build upon muscle you already have but also increase your body’s subtleness, so when it comes to pushing that bit more, you’ll see better results