Shona Vertue partnered with AXA PPP healthcare to launch their 2018 Flying Start campaign for National Fitness Day. Here’s here top fitness tips…
The idea of a ‘flying start’ is awesome but the reality is that when that alarm goes off and you’re peeling your eyes open like velcro – good intentions to exercise can dissolve FAST.
Here are a few tips that I use to help me get off to a flying start:
1. Night Before Prep: I prepare as much as possible the evening before while my brain is calm and relaxed (we usually make better decisions in this state). That means preparing my breakfast and lunch for the next day, choosing my outfit and packing up my work bag. This then allows me to have more time for my workouts and my ‘stare at the wall until my brain wakes up’ time (just me then?)
2. Lay out your fitness equipment and clothing so that when you wake up its the first thing that you see. It will serve as a visual reminder, kick starting your brain into gearing up for exercise.
3. Hydrate before you caffeinate: Did you know that even a 5% reduction in hydration can cause a 30% decrease in the bodies working capacity? Hydration will not only give you a brain and body boost, but it will also provide you with more energy for your workout (I’m sure we can agree that anything that makes it more comfortable is worth doing!)
4. Buddy Up: Let’s face it, hanging out with friends is much more fun than working out; so turn your hang outs into workouts and you’ll enjoy the process so much more. You’ll also be much less likely to cancel the session if you know that you’ll be letting down a friend. Set a date and time to meet in the park before work and get your sweat on together.
5. Have a plan! You can’t be expected to be on your game the minute you wake up. Training with a plan that sets out exactly what you are going to do in the workout is much more effective than indecisively flailing from exercise to exercise, unsure of whether you’re actually heading towards the results you’re seeking to achieve.
Find out more about the AXA PPP healthcare Flying Start campaign here.