Lean and Mean in 2016

Lean and Mean in 2016

Everyone overindulges during the festive period. There’s nothing wrong with letting loose once in a while and who doesn’t love a tub of chocolates and a post roast sherry? But the time has come for some of that good old ‘new year, new me’ mantra to kick in and to get into the best shape of your life in 2016.

Lets talk about some of the main points to focus on when you embark on improving yourself and achieving the active healthy lifestyle you’ve been dreaming of. First of all set some goals. Make your goals specific, achievable and personal such as ‘I want to squat X amount for 5 reps’ or ‘I want to lose 6pounds this month’.

Making your goals more specific will help guide and motivate you as they have a definitive end (when new goals can be set) and are easier to evaluate than a generic ‘I want to lose weight’ blasé goal.

Secondly make it sustainable. There is no point doing a juice cleanse for three days and then scoffing a baked Camembert at the weekend. Think longevity, can you keep up what you are planning to do forever. Licking an almond for breakfast will not satisfy you, a bowl of porridge will, what can you keep doing for longer? Think lifestyle change, not quick fix.

Be prepared. Your change is your responsibility. If you haven’t got time to go to the shop, sit down on a Sunday and order everything you need for the week online, including some Tupperware boxes if you don’t already have some. Plan meals a few days in advance. Make meals in bulk, and keep them in the fridge or freezer, these are then ready and easy to reheat after work. A baked potato with some salad and tuna or chicken is easy to do, and with a bit of seasoning it’s not only healthy but it tastes great and will satisfy you.

Seasoning is a kitchen staple for those that assuming eating healthy is plain chicken and rice every day. Put some kidney beans in your rice and some spice on your chicken. Little things like that will make all the difference and help you keep up the healthy living for longer, healthy eating can be fun and tasty! Make sure you have fruit, veg and nuts etc on hand as snacks so you don’t grab at easily available junk.

Try some cut up carrots and hummus, or Greek yoghurt and berries for you afternoon slump instead of a biscuit (sorry, Belvita count as biscuits, they are not helping you on your quest to become the epitome of health).

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Don’t forget water is your friend; keeping hydrated is a key part of your healthy journey. Did you know just a 2% drop in your body’s water levels can results in a performance drop of over 30%. If that isn’t a reason to drink up (water, sugar free squash, tea) I don’t know what is.

Try new things. Go out for a weekend walk with your friends rather than having another Harry Potter film marathon. Spend £5 on a new gym class rather than a coffee on Monday and Tuesday. Maybe sign up to a 5km run to get yourself to go on those after work jogs. There are so many ways to get active and they aren’t all expensive. Get some friends involved and go explore your options.

Is it really that hard to make a little change like taking the stairs instead of the lift, or walking to the local shop instead of driving (for healthy snacks obviously). You don’t have to have a 6 pack to be fit and feel good. If you are making an effort with little changes and sticking to them the results will come.

With a little bit of commitment and patience you will start feeling better in your self and you might even realise you’re enjoying the process!


The Author

Izzy Jeffs

Izzy is the British women's champion javelin thrower and has competed in two Commonwealth Games finals. She has competed for Great Britain on several occasions. Izzy spends a lot of time training in the gym, building muscle. When she is not training at the track or in the gym, she is eating. You’ve got to eat big to get big! Izzy also holds a Sports Science degree from Loughborough University.


Matthew C.
29 January 2016

Matthew C.

its definitely the little things that you do regularly that make the difference. So this year there's no huge changes, more focusing on changing my daily habits such as subbing my morning coffees for decaf. it all adds up over the year.

craig t.
26 January 2016

craig t.

Very inspiring, and it reminds me of why I plan ahead what I'm going to eat, cos that's the only way I can resist the junk.

Olga N.
26 January 2016

Olga N.

I'm definitely up for working in some different fitness sessions this year - I have become quite set in my routine so hoping to mix things up with some classes and stepping out of my comfortable ways.

Trevor D.
24 January 2016

Trevor D.

lots of straightforward wise advice here! A biscuit is a biscuit, even if it is labelled 'healthy'. Bring on the chilli and spids!

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