1. Stuck In A Rut?
How long have you been following the same routine? If it’s over 12 weeks you
need to change things as your body will be accustomed to it and you won’t
continue to make progress.
Ask yourself if you are training enough to make a difference? Ideally you should
be training for an hour three times a week but if that’s not manageable then
break it down into half hour sessions.
2. Keep A Food Diary
Your lack of progress could be down to diet. I recommend keeping a food diary
detailing everything you consume, food and drink, for a week. Making a note of
your daily intake, whether it’s in a notebook or on a free app, like myfitnespal.com
makes you more aware of your eating habits. My clients are often surprised by
how much they are snacking and how much alcohol they are consuming.
For guidelines on healthy eating take a look at the NHS Intuitive Eat Well Guide: www.nhs.uk/live-well/the-eatwell-guide
3. Challenge Yourself And Try Something New
If you aren’t seeing results the chances are that you are bored with your routine.
Now is the ideal time to challenge yourself and try something different. Take a
look at some of my classes on You Tube. Try a Meggaball class; check out my
HIIT workouts and my 21-day challenge (add links). Vary your routine and try
different classes until you find workouts that challenge and motivate you.
4. Workout With Friends and Family
Gyms are closed at the moment and you may miss group classes. Try exercising
with friends and family using Zoom, Skype or Face Time instead. If you are
having fun then exercise won’t seem like a chore and you are more likely to stick
to the routine. Test out new exercise classes together and set group short,
medium and long-term training goals. Track your activity, share your progress
and reward yourself for your achievements.
5. Pace Yourself
Remember if you are starting a new training routine you need to take things
slowly. It’s important to master the exercise techniques and posture first. It’s
also important to warm up thoroughly before starting any exercise programme
to prepare your body and reduce the likelihood of injury. Be realistic about the
intensity and length of training required to see results.