Getting started: Essential Fitness

Getting started: Essential Fitness

People who make drastic changes or go through rapid weight loss tend to struggle to maintain their new lifestyle. Instead adopt a healthy and fit lifestyle that works for you by making small sustainable changes that you can follow every day. If your aim is to lose weight, then it is best to do so slowly through consistency, not huge amounts quickly. Here are some expert tips from Personal Trainer Mark Maycroft:

Tip #1 Move More

Start by finding areas of your life you can be more active in. Get off the bus a couple of stops early. Take the stairs not the escalator. Walk to the local shop instead of driving. When you’re more active day to day, you get faster results without even noticing the extra effort.

Tip #2 Add Resistance Training

The advantage of adding resistance training is that it will help you to add muscle and improve your overall body composition. By building muscle and burning off fat your body will naturally increase the amount of calories it is able to burn throughout the day.

Tip #3 Step off the Scales

Use a measuring tape to record the size of your hips, waist, thigh, calf, upper arm and neck, then take a couple of full body photos from different angles. Repeat this every 4 weeks and compare the results – any less time and you will struggle to see any changes.

Tip #4 Rest

Skipping rest days can not only be physically counterproductive for your body, but it can also create an unhealthy obsession with the need to be in the gym all of the time. Depending on your goals rest days are variable, but you should aim to have at least one full rest day a week, so take a day off, go to the park and enjoy the sun, your mind and body will thank you for it!

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