Friday 21 November 2014

You have one 
week to get ready for 100 Fit Days

Published 28/07/2014 | 00:00

Yvonne Hogan

Fitness needs a focus. It is built through discipline and the consistent repetition of small steps with a goal in mind. So, over the next year in Fit Magazine, we will be inviting you to join us in a series of challenges.

Next week sees the beginning of our first Fit Magazine challenge - to live 100 Fit Days.

This challenge is for everyone - be you fat, thin, a couch potato or marathon runner, whether you just cycled the Marmotte Sportive or you are half thinking about taking the bike to work to lose the beer belly.

It is for you if you are a runner who would like to build up your core and upper body, a swimmer who would like to get faster, a sprinter who wants to get stronger.

It is for you if you want to lose weight to look better. If you want to feel better. If you are looking at 40, 50, 60 or 70 and you don't like the way you are living. It is for you if you find yourself out of breath when playing with your children.

It is for you if you have lost yourself in looking after the needs of your children or your elderly parents. It is for you if you would like to live longer, to remain independent for as long as you can, if you want to look younger.

It is for you if you want to lower your cholesterol, eat healthier, build muscle. It is for you if you find yourself overwhelmed by the stress of balancing work and life and want to regain control. It is for you if you have been following the same fitness regime or discipline for years and would like to mix it up. It is for you if you want to be happier and healthier.

We all have different goals, but the challenge is the same and if you follow the rules, the pay off will come. Live 100 Fit days and you will become the person you want to be.

My 100 FIT days goal is fat loss, to get back to a lean, muscly 65kg - that is the weight I was when I became pregnant with my daughter Ava, who is now 19 months old. I also want to get more control of my life. I will set out my plan and measurements in the next issue so you can help me stay on track. I will also report daily on my training and nutrition.

Over the next 14 weeks you will get nutrition advice and an exercise plan to follow from Siobhan Byrne and there will be extra help and advice from Siobhan and myself on fitmagazine.ie. If you want to join us, there are a couple of things you can do to get ready.

Most importantly, set your goal. It can be anything - move from 10k to a half marathon, increase your body strength, your lean muscle mass and so on. Whatever your goal, the nutrition and exercises we give you in this challenge will help you achieve it.

If your goal is fat loss and to look better in your clothes, you will need access to weighing scales and a measuring tape plus someone to help you measure. Also, take a before picture - biggest loser gets a great prize!

Nutrition plays a big part in this challenge so get a few of the following cupboard staples in: chicken or turkey breasts or other lean meats, tinned tuna, tinned mackerel, some cottage cheese, blueberries, green apples, some sweet potatoes and lots and lots of salad and green vegetables.

For the exercises, all you need is a stopwatch as Siobhan has devised a great 100-day programme using just bodyweight strength training and some cardio. So make sure you get some sleep this week - you will need it!

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