Top five new year fitness tips

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It’s that time of year when we all think about fighting back against the festive flab. Here are my top five tips.

1) Expand your horizons.

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to fitness. Try as many training methods as possible.

Give classes a go, pump some iron, go for a run, take up a sport. The possibilities are endless.

High intensity interval training (HIIT) is a popular training method at the moment. This alternates short bursts of hard work with periods of recovery. Tough, but effective!

2) Monitor your progress.

This will help pinpoint what type of exercise is working and keep you motivated. One good way of doing this is with devices like Fitbit, which record your heart rate and the amount of calories you’ve burned.

It’s also worth taking measurements if you’re looking to slim down. And make use of fitness apps – Couch to 5k is a good one if you want to start running.

3) Avoid ‘new year, new you’ nonsense.

January always ushers in an onslaught of fitness marketing. We are bombarded with all sorts of magical methods and potions, claiming to be the secret to your perfect body.

If you see outlandish claims like ‘six-pack abs’ or a ‘celeb bod’ in six weeks, it’s almost always nonsense. If getting fit was easy, we’d all be in the Olympics.

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4) Seek help.

Even elite athletes need coaches to guide them. If you can find yourself a good trainer, they will be worth their weight in gold.

If you don’t have enough pennies in your pocket to pay for a trainer, tweet me your questions – @matwolstenholme – and I’ll do my best to help.

There are also plenty of workouts online – search for The Body Coach – who provides free exercise videos.

5) Prepare for hard work.

Exercise can sometimes be a hard grind. There will be days when you just don’t want to work out.

Find a way of dragging yourself off the sofa. Set a specific goal, find a training partner, do whatever it takes to get yourself going. You can do it!

Matt is a London fitness trainer and journalist. Connect with him on TwitterFacebook or Instagram.

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