Fitness with Lee Campbell, Celebrity trainer, health & fitness professional bfrirm.com,au
What a crazy Christmas and New Year period it was for us all, what with the smoke, fires, storms and life-changing events that we’ve had.
Now that the smoke has cleared, I think it’s a great time to set health and fitness goals for the year ahead. Let’s aim to be the strongest, healthiest and happiest versions of ourselves as possible.
When you’re setting your fitness goals, it can be easy to get a bit carried away and go over the top; use these tips to help you stay on track and keep those goals within reach.
Set measurable goals to stay on the ball and keep yourself accountable, celebrating the wins and learning from the losses. Do a baseline program (e.g. one minute each of push-ups, sit-ups and dips plus a five-minute run), record your results and use them to measure your progress.
Make your goals relevant to you and your lifestyle. If you have health-related goals, you might be better off initially focusing on diet. If you have fitness-specific goals, focus on things that will help you get there.
Focus on yourself. As soon as you start to compare yourself with others, you start to focus on them instead of you. Take a step back and refocus on you, because you’re the most important person in achieving your goals.
Make your goals achievable. This is important to remember, particularly when looking at fitness goals. For example, if you want to swim 1,000 meters or run a half-marathon, start with a set time for swimming or running, then build on that and work yourself up to the distance or time you want to achieve.
Have commitment and focus. Make a daily commitment to yourself that you will wake up and do your training, and make time for yourself.
Master some ‘go-to’ exercises that you can do anywhere, anytime. These are great, especially if you travel a lot or only have a small window of opportunity to exercise each day. Choose exercises that align with your goals.
Have fun! Your training routine will be so much easier if you enjoy what you are doing. If you do start to get a little bored, then change up your routine and incorporate something new to help you refocus.
Get your heart pumping and kick-start your goals with this cardio workout:
- 2 mins skipping
- 20 x step-ups (each leg)
- 1 min skipping
- 20 x squats
- 1 min jogging
- 30 secs skipping
- 1 min step-ups (30 secs each leg)
- 2 mins jogging
- 10 x squats
- 1 min skipping
Tip: drink plenty of water; remember to sip when you change exercises!