Want to get in shape but don’t know where to start or what to do to get the best results? We’ve all been there; so let the experts guide you with these tips from trainers, athletes, and Olympians to help you get in shape in time for summer!
Olympian Victoria Pendleton shares some of her winning fitness tips and motivational psychology advice with us…
If you can afford it, join a gym like Fitness First and book in with a person trainer. Just one or two sessions would be enough and then you can tell them exactly what you want to do/how much you want to lose and they should be able to give you some good advice.
Don’t be afraid to try something new, even if you’re a bit wobbly as practice makes perfect. Everyone is wobbly when they start something new.
Buy some new gym kit! Treat yourself to new gear so you feel good about yourself.
Set yourself a challenge. Enter a mass participation event whether that’s a run, a cycletta or a triathlon. It doesn’t have to be big, but set yourself something to aim for, so that you have a goal to work towards.
Rope some friends in to exercising or training with you, because that will help you stick to your goals. If you commit to someone else that you’re going to be at the gym, you’re much more likely to go – and it also makes it more fun!
Don’t weigh yourself! Muscle weighs more than fat, so weighing yourself is not always an accurate way to track your progress. Instead, go by the way your clothes fit you and how you feel.
Reward yourself for your hard work. After reaching a particular goal or managing to spend a certain length of time working out, don’t forget to treat yourself – it doesn’t have to be all work and no play! Everything in moderation.
Victoria’s recommended gym class