Tips to get your fitness back on track after a summer of excess
When it comes to a health reboot, September is fast becoming the new January.
After a summer of too many barbecues, and glasses of rose, September is the perfect time to kick start your healthy eating routine.
On the Real Health Podcast, Karl Henry talks to a panel of experts about the best way to get on track after a summer of excess.
Janet Cleary, a clinical nurse and mindfulness coach, advises making small changes to start building healthy habits.
"It's never too late to start a new habit. In September get back into self care," she said.
Janet recommends keeping a journal and not beating yourself over what they have failed to achieve over the summer. "Show yourself some compassion," she said.
Janet also advises focusing on your breathing, to calm your mind and body. "You can use your breath to pause," she said. "It's about stopping and can be very powerful. Put your phone down, take a step back from technology."
Peter Thornton is a wellness advisor with Spectrum Health, and finds that and Holly Carpenter, blogger and business woman about getting back on track.
Peter says that while there’s a few common barriers such as lack of time, family life and job, the message is, no matter what the barrier, there’s always a solution.
He also advises taking baby steps instead of doing anything too radical.
"There are a few common barriers people face, such as lack of time. Trying to find around that. No matter what the barrier there is some way around it," she said.
"The smallest step in the right direction is the best. People go from a very disrupted routine to trying to be perfect."
He also advises not becoming too focused on your weight or the scales. Focus on how you feel, and assess your fitness levels instead of focusing on weight gain or loss.
Blogger and business woman Holly believes that many people need to afford themselves a bit more kindness and try to silence her inner critic.
‘You have to just back yourself,’ she says. ‘If I turn on myself who have I got to back myself up?’
"But it is hard not to compare yourself with other people.... just try and do what's best for you."
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