It's safe to say that the past 12 months have been far from your average year and without turning this into a political post/rant, its unlikely that the next 6 months are going to be much better (for the UK atleast!). Put aside those traditional new years resolutions to look great on the beach, there is a bigger picture to this year - your health and wellness!
Why your health and wellness matters!
2020 has been quite the year with so many changes and challenges, we are isolated from friends, feeling fatigued working from home and frustrated with constant opening and closing of fitness facilities delaying any sort of consistent programme. The importance to look after yourself both physically and mentally in 2021 is hugely important because;
Help reduce weight
Improve overall fitness
Reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and help your body fight against COVID-19
Release of endorphins
Positive mental attitude
Increase energy levels
How you can help improve your health and wellness
There is a variety of options available to help improve your health and wellness, such as;
Aerobic Training - Running, Cycling, Walking, Swimming
Strength Training - Bodyweight, Free Weights, Functional
Nutrition - Sustainable meals (not scotch eggs), Detox, Diets
Lifestyle - Reduce time watching TV (especially the news!), Find a hobbie, Quality time with family
Flexibility - Stretching, Yoga, Pilates, Mobility
Make a difference in 2021!
There may be challenges in the way that can stop us from having a normal 2021 but you still hold the destiny to your own future health and wellness. The gyms are shut and the same youtube workouts are now becoming a little tedious - here are some of my top suggestions to help keep you motivated, stay on track with no COVID-19 obstacles and ensure you achieve your health and wellness goals.
1. Outdoor Personal Training
You are still allowed to exercise in a public space; outdoor personal training is a great way to enjoy your training with your personal trainer, use a variety of equipment and fill your lungs with fresh air (if this continues into the warmer months, also a great way to stock up on some Vitamin D too!!!). In these times of being forced to stay indoors and to stay at home to work, getting outdoors is great for your physical and mental health.
2. Virtual Personal Training
What would we do without the likes of video calling? Not only did it bring us together in 2020 with lockdown quiz's but we also have the luxury of being able to have personal training sessions virtually from home. Take all the benefits of personal training and put them onto your screen at home, your trainer will be able to guide you through your exercise programme, demonstrate and over-se technique whilst ensuring your are training to your full potential.
3. Online Challenges
Challenges are a great way to either kickstart a new habit, increase motivation, push to achieve an obstacle or even help achieve all of these things. We have a variety of online challenges you can sign-up to today! Click Here to find all online challenges.
4. Live Online Workouts
Live workouts are a great way to feel motivated and guaranteed to complete the workout. There is a wide range of live workouts available online from a variety of personal trainers and fitness companies on social media for you to be able to sign-up too today. Having a time and being involved with a group of people is so much more rewarding and challenging than finding the same bog-standard youtube workout.
Below is a list to our latest online workouts to sign-up today for free! Click Here to join.
5. Online Transformation Plans
If your looking for a complete package, a transformation plan could be the perfect solution! Complete with lifestyle support, 3 home workouts and a 45 recipe nutrition plan to enjoy! During your time you can also enjoy 3 milestone calls with your designated personal trainer to ensure that you are on track and achieving your agreed goals. Click Here to find out more
6. Track Your Sleep
Tracking your sleep is a great way to help keep a routine in life during these unusual times, getting a quality nights sleep has a whole range of benefits such as;
Improve the body's recovery
Lower stress levels
Help with weight loss
Increase energy levels
There is a variety of gadgets and apps available to help track your sleep.
7. Track Your Food
Tracking your food is a great way to ensure that you are getting a healthy and nutritious diet. There is a whole range of benefits with tracking your food including;
Helps with your fitness goals (weight/fat loss)
Increase energy levels
Remove temptation of poor dietary choices
There is a variety of apps available to help track your sleep, I'd personally recommend MyFitnessPal.
8. Online Healthy Food Classes
Help out to eat in! Everywhere might be shut but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a nice, healthy meal at home. There is a variety of online healthy food classes to sign-up too - not only do you learn to make a new meal to cook, you also get a tasty meal to enjoy at the end!
9. Virtual Book Club
With all the screen time working from home, tele time and text messages, your eyes are taking on alot of strain that can have long-term effects and cause sleeping issues and possibly headaches. Tucking into a book can be a great passing time, improve happiness and give your eyes a well deserved break from electronics. There is also some really great health and wellness books to read that can help increase motivation, knowledge and inspire.
There is a variety of virtual book clubs that you can join online to help feel apart of a community and help create time in your schedule to read a book.
10. Dry January
Join the UK's one month alcohol free challenge. Get your fun back, get your energy back and help contribute towards your weight loss goals. For full details and to download the app, please click here.
What do you think to the suggestions listed above? Comment below to let us know what you think to the suggestions listed and if theres anything you feel could be added.