So, it’s that time of year again when you can’t move for articles and posts on how to stick to your New Year Resolutions never mind trying to find a free treadmill at the gym.
For our first post of 2020 we are actually looking back a couple of years when we teamed up with inspirational industry Writer, Nutritionist and Performance Coach Ben Coomber .
We were lucky enough to have Ben come to our studio in Ealing and give a presentation on his “Build the Ultimate Diet and Be Awesome” tour to 35 of our trainers and clients and although this presentation is a couple of years old the advice doesn’t change!
So, for the purposes of this blog post we have taken 3 questions from the audience on the night and asked Ben to answer them here to give you some help and guidance to improve your health and fitness all year round and not just in January!
Q1. What’s the best bit of advice you would give to someone starting out on a new fitness regime in January?
Ben says :
“Starting to get fit at the start of the new year is great, but why is this year going to be different? What are your chances of failure? Without a really clear WHY of why you want to do this you will all but fail again, get close to your personal why’s and motives and success is much more likely to be yours.”
So, as Ben says you need to know why you doing something otherwise your chances of failure are far greater. Ask yourself why do you want to be fitter, stronger, drop a dress size, run a 5k, 10k or half marathon? If you personalise and own your goal then it really is your goal and you are much more likely to achieve it.
Q2. Should I go on a Detox in January?
Ben says :
“No, they don’t work and can often be dangerous. Stop looking at short term fixes and start changing your lifestyle and health for the better, long term.”
Detoxing really doesn’t work and even if it did it really is only a short term solution as you can’t detox for ever! You should look at making small gradual changes to your lifestyle such as cutting back on your alcohol intake, reducing caffeine, introducing more fruit and vegetables into your diet, cutting back on the takeaways etc. The list is endless, but you get the idea.
Here is a really good article from Examine.com called Detoxes : An Undefined Scam which goes into some more detail as to why detoxes don’t work and why we don’t need to do them. If you are thinking of detoxing or want to find out a little more detail then you should definitely read this article.
Q3. Is there an optimum time for the last meal of the day?
Ben Says :
“No, eat when is best for you. I personally eat 1.5-2 hours before going to bed as I hate trying to sleep when I am hungry. The key factor with controlling your body composition is how much food you eat throughout the course of a day, so don’t worry too much about when you eat, but how much you eat.”
As we look at diet and nutrition with our clients so many of them say to us that they always try to not leave their last meal of the day too late and, whilst there is a lot of debate about this one, personally I agree with Ben. Eat when you are hungry but think about what and how much, rather than when.
Has anything in this post got you thinking as you start/return to your health and fitness regine after the festive season? As always, we would love to hear from you in our comments section below.