Start the new year as you mean to go on with a fitness plan that will make you look and feel great. Performance Coach and Wellbeing Expert Dalton Wong shares his tips for rebooting your fitness regime for 2017.
After the excesses of Christmas, it’s inevitable that we all start the new year resolving to get fit and carve out more time for ourselves. Our enthusiasm inevitably wanes after a few weeks, and then the guilt sets in. This year, make positive, easy-to-manage changes to your lifestyle, where fitness can become a sustainable and fun part of your life, says Dalton Wong. As Jennifer Lawrence’s former trainer and the founder of Twenty Two Training in South Kensington, Wong knows a thing or two about getting people looking their best…
START A NEW ACTIVITY
If you love spinning, why not try pilates? If you usually run, why not try a circuit class? This brings fresh energy to your workout and prevents boredom from setting in.
MAKE ONE SMALL CHANGE
One thing I notice with clients is that they rush to make too many changes at once. I always advise that you are more likely to stick with one small change at a time. It could be choosing to drink less alcohol; eat less carbs or going vegetarian for one meal.
FORGET ABOUT LAST YEAR
Don’t think back to what didn’t happen last year, and instead focus on what you can achieve this year. The saying ‘new year, new you’ rings true: it’s a great time to think about new plans and goals for the year ahead.
EXERCISE LESS AND TREAT YOURSELF MORE
Swap one of your weekly workouts with a treatment to restore and rebalance the body. Choose from a massage, osteopathic MOT, acupuncture or reflexology – these style of treatments help the body’s natural healing process.
WORK OUT WITH A FRIEND
This will make you accountable so you turn up and give it your best. Or volunteer for a charity fitness challenge, so you will be doing some good for others whilst doing good for yourself.
AFTER THE OVERINDULGENCE of the festivities, go back to your normal eating regime. Do not crash diet or cut out major food groups; your body will naturally find its way back to your ideal weight if you follow a sensible healthy eating programme.
PLAN TO GO OUT AND DO FUN THINGS
Don’t let January be a month to stay at home all the time. You can still go out and have fun without eating or drinking: go and visit a museum or take a walk in your local park. There are lots of fun things to do that won’t spoil your healthy habits.
USE A HEART RATE MONITOR
This will show your proper intensity and will ensure you’re working at your maximum capacity. So often a workout won’t be effective because you’re not working hard enough.
GO TO SHORT CLASSES
There is a growing trend for classes to be shorter in duration, of a round 20 minutes, but higher intensity. Choose from a boxing, barre work or HIIT class.
RESISTANCE TRAINING ON THE GO
Use Mini Bands for an instant body-conditioning workout that can be done wherever you are.
Dalton Wong’s brand new Mini Band workout is now available to buy from twentytwotraining.com