Simplest way to get fit and save money in 2018?
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We’re already two weeks into January. All of the Christmas decorations have been put away and we can already see the faintest lengthening of the days. Did you have any health and fitness goals on your agenda for 2018? How are they working out for you so far? If you do want to get fit, but haven’t set any new year’s health and fitness goals yet, don’t worry because it’s still not too late to start.
Improving fitness comes hand in hand with improving diet. The simplest way to get fit by far is to reduce unnecessary calorie intake. Loads of people give up alcohol for January and that’s a really good start. How many people give up unnecessary food like crips, chocolate, biscuits and other unnecessary snacks for January?
Without getting too deep into the maths and science, if you cut out any unnecessary processed foods (especially those high in refined sugars), you’re going to immediately start saving money and will find it a lot easier to start losing weight which will make your fitness journey a lot easier. Try instead to eat healthy snacks like fruit, vegetables and nuts before you get hungry and low in energy. Most importantly make sure you eat breakfast and that you don’t leave eating lunch and dinner too late. Not eating properly at regular intervals massively increases the chances of eating bad foods at the wrong times.
Getting serious about improving your cardio vascular fitness doesn’t have to be painful or expensive. The easiest way to improve this area is to increase movement. Achieving this goal can be as simple as taking the stairs rather that a lift or escalator and going for a walk at lunchtime. If you can set goals around activities that you enjoy doing then you’re much more likely to stick at them. Everyone’s different but personally I love cycling. Entry costs are relatively low and it’s possible to get a training gain without putting too much pressure on your joints.
So there you have it, two simple, actionable goals that everybody is capable of achieving:
1. Reduce your intake of unnecessary sugary snacks.
2. Increase movement wherever possibly.
If you can smash these goals by the end of February then you’ll be ready to start better enjoying the longer days when they arrive. Maybe by then you’ll consider getting off the train or bus a few stops earlier on the way home or even going for a jog when you get home from work. Remember, weight loss and fitness goals take time to achieve. Like most things that take time, they are very rewarding when they start to deliver results.
How’s your 2018 fitness journey or goal setting going so far? Maybe you’ve already got interesting health and fitness goals set or you’d like some help sticking with the goals you’ve already made? Let me know in the comments!