Here are some other tips to get you looking your best after the holiday feasting:
Let go of perfect. You don’t have to look like a supermodel, you just want to be the healthiest, strongest version of yourself.
Set your alarm 15 minutes earlier than usual and start the day with calisthenics. Jumping jacks, push-ups and other high energy moves will spark your heart rate as well as your metabolism, helping you to burn 20% more calories during the day.
If you’re a runner, start lifting. If you’re a lifter, start running. This change in routine will force your body to adapt to the new stimulus, promoting higher calorie burn.
Choose the furthest parking bay during your trips to the mall. Run up the stairs at work. Use your working day to get exercise in innovative ways.
It’s harder to slack down when someone else is also working out. You will feel more accountable if you choose a friend who also wants to get fit this year and stick to a routine together.
Sign up for races throughout the coming year so you have plenty of motivation to stay in shape.
No, not to that extra slice of cake! If it is in your budget, indulge in new workout clothing or fitness equipment to boost motivation throughout the year.
Know that less can be more. Pop in your favourite exercise DVD and get sweaty. If you’re extra busy dealing with the stress of the new year and only able to complete half of your exercise DVD, that’s ok – do as much as you can.