Top tips to help you get fit in 2014

Portrait of health conscious couple smiling together at fitness center
Portrait of health conscious couple smiling together at fitness center

The New Year is a time when people say they want to get fitter and healthier and local leisure centres have compiled a list of tips to help you.

Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings Leisure Centres are run by Leisure in the Community, a non-profit making charitable society and during January, you can join for just £1.

Kevin Yates, head of fitness at the leisure centres, said: “New Year is a great time of year for people to kick-start their fitness regime.

“By offering people the chance to join for just £1 this month, it has never been cheaper and easier to get fit and active.”

The centres’ top tips are:

3 Stay realistic – if you are not used to it, getting into exercise isn’t always easy! Set yourself realistic goals and maybe speak to a personal trainer who can help you figure out what those goals are.

3Join with a friend – if you know your gym routine may slip or are a bit intimidated by the gym, you may want to join with a friend as this will be motivation in itself. Seeing each other get fit together will make you feel great!

3Make the time – many people feel they don’t have time to go to the gym or exercise, but if you consider how many hours there are in the day, there is definitely time to squeeze in an hour of exercise.

3 Find an activity you enjoy – exercise should be enjoyable and not feel like torture. After all, you’ve made the decision to do it. Find something you enjoy doing so you can take great pleasure in overcoming the challenges and progressing with your fitness levels.

3Make a diet plan – food is 90 per cent of the health and fitness battle, and making a diet plan will ensure you stay on track. By eating a balanced mix of proteins, fats and carbohydrates you will reap the benefits of your physical training routine.

3 Keep on top of your progress – A fitness journal will help keep your exercise routine on track, especially when you need an extra bit of motivation. You can always look back to see how far you’ve come, and see where you’re going.

3Try something new – it is important to keep your exercise regime fresh, so that you don’t get bored with doing the same things. Try different classes during the week or contact a personal trainer to spice up your routine!

3 Don’t overdo it! – while exercise shouldn’t be easy, you shouldn’t injure yourself by working too hard.

Your body needs to recover in between exercises, particular if you are new to working out so make sure you give yourself some time to relax.

3 Forget your excuses – whatever excuses you may have used before for not exercising, try to forget about them and think of all the potential benefits instead. Remember your body can do anything; it is just the brain that needs convincing.

To find out more about the leisure centres, visit www.1-life.co.uk or call in.