I had a conversation with a client in January about goals, as you do at this time of year, and of course, most of us want to be ‘fit and healthy’. But what does this mean to you?
It means different things for everyone and it’s important to know what it means for you so you can set your health and fitness goals and programme accordingly. If ‘fit and healthy’ means you want to compete in an endurance event, we need to gear your training to do this. If it is to lose weight or look a certain way, we need to find out what your body likes to do and how it responds to different stimulus so that we can manipulate it and get you to where you want to be.
There are some common themes that apply to everyone when we talk about being ‘fit and healthy’ though. Some of these are tangible, like maintaining a healthy weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels but others can be more abstract. One of the most important things is that you enjoy what you’re doing (I think you can extend this to life in general as well as exercise). If you don’t like running, find something you do enjoy. If the gym is not for you, there are lots of alternatives. If you don’t like working out on your own, do a class or join a group or bootcamp.
If you’re ‘fit and healthy’ the lifestyle you lead is sustainable for you, what you eat makes you feel good (not tired, bloated, guilty or craving certain foods), you wake up feeling refreshed and mostly, you’re happy! The things that lead to these results will vary from person to person so you need to tune into what ‘fit and healthy’ means to you and if you’d like to see what we can do to achieve it, get in touch and we can have a chat.