You’ve hammered the Christmas parties- hard. You’ve hammered the chocolates- lard. And New Year’s Eve was so boozy your flatmates walked in on you licking the base of an empty tin of Celebrations. We’ve all been there.
So it’s fair to say the season’s festive hurdles have been a serious impediment to your progress at the gym- I get it. My gym lately has been ghost town. Even the ghosts have been slacking. So we just need to put the guilt behind us. It’s now all about the new year and the word on the street is it’s 2017! Here are three simple things that you can do to kick start the next 12 months and engage the “new you” ethos. *Fit kit at the ready*
1. Single leg kick backs
Many people sit at desks most of the day, which allows their glutes (butts) to get weak because they're not using them. An effective exercise to tone your glutes is single leg kickbacks. Do this exercise two or three times per week for 8-12 reps and 3-5 sets and not only will you notice your legs are stronger, but your derriere will be perkier. This exercise will also work your hamstrings. Let’s kick it!
If you can; RUN! Not only does it benefit your cardiovascular system helping to improve stamina and function with all internal organs, but it also combats mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. If you’ve never ran before, grab a bottle of water, your headphones, press play and walk for 1 minute before breaking into a light jog for 1 minute and repeat for 20 minutes. You’ll be surprised how quickly you build the stamina and confidence to run.
3. Flex & Smile
To most of us flexing is somewhere between vain and embarrassing, yet I can’t help but smile when I pop my hip out and bring on the “gun show”. Research shows that smiling is really good for you as neurotransmitters called Endorphins are released when we smile and they’re responsible for making us feel happy and even help to reduce stress. So my advice? Find somewhere outside the gaze of judgemental strangers, get your favourite fit kit on and get FLEX HAPPY!