It’s never too late to start

By Dan Lemoto

Director of Tazfit Personal Training and Bootcamps

 

YOU’VE had a good break, enjoyed the holidays, caught up with friends and family and ate and drank a little extra.

But now it’s time to get back into routine.

This means work, family commitments, school and getting back into fitness or starting a fitness plan.

I know most holiday breaks are two to four-weeks long, therefore it won’t take long to get back up to speed and aim for new goals for 2018.

A study from the Journal of Applied Physiology Dec ’84 – “Time course of loss of adaptations after stopping prolonged intense endurance training” – indicated that after two-months, the subjects’ V02 Max reduced only 15 per cent.

V02 Max is used as a measure of fitness – how much you are out of breath compared to before.

Therefore, after a few sessions, fitness levels will return quicker if you have exercised previously due to muscle memory.

But for those who are starting, congratulations. You have made the first step in deciding to improve your health.

Start slowly and build with confidence. Don’t forget to check with your doctor prior to undertaking any exercise regime.

A key motivator to getting back into shape is having a goal and keeping motivated.

Ensure your goal is solid. Make it powerful. Add emotion.

How bad do you want it?

A broad goal such as, “I want to lose weight” is not as strong as “I will lose 10-kilograms to enable me to have more energy to play with my son.

“I want to set an example for him so that when he is my age, he will be motivated to follow my footsteps when it comes to keeping healthy.”

Here are some key notes to get you started in 2018:

 

You haven’t lost as much fitness as you think.

Create a goal.

Set a schedule and commit to it.

Work out with a friend or family member.

 

New group fitness classes have now started in Lindisfarne.

For more information, visit www.tazfitgroup.com.

Caption: Tazfit director Dan Lemoto.