Struggling to get fit? Don’t worry, these tips from three top personal trainers could help get you back on track
If you're struggling to get fit, try these tips from three top personal trainers that could help get you back on track.
1. Find a fitness routine that you enjoy doing, says London-based Jay Curry, founder of Jay’s Way Personal Training (jays-way.co.uk). “You’re much more likely to stick to it long term. Don’t go to the gym if you don't like it – try park sessions, group fitness classes, or sports like football and netball.”
2. Technique is everything, says Jay. “Without it, you're not getting the full benefits of an exercise and risk injuring yourself. If you're starting out, ask a group instructor or personal trainer to check your form, especially when lifting weights. Don’t increase the weight until you’ve got the technique right.”
3. Build in recovery to your routine. “Active recovery from working out in the form of yoga or Pilates can reduce the stiffness that builds up in your muscles and increase your mobility and flexibility,” says Jay.
4. Getting fit is about consistency, says Russell Holman, strength and conditioning coach, and founder of Fit4 personal training (expertrain.com). “Everyone starts full of enthusiasm and hits the gym every day but one of the keys to achieving peak fitness isn’t what you do in the first week, it’s what you do over the coming months and years.”
5. Establish a routine. “Getting fit is a marathon, not a sprint,” says Russell, who has worked with Olympic athletes, rugby players, cricketers and football clubs including West Ham United and Crystal Palace. “Olympians and champion athletes know it isn't possible to do everything all of the time. They have a set routine that allows them to achieve peak physical condition.”
6. Move more, says David Jordan, director and personal trainer at The Fitting Rooms Personal Training Gym (London) in London’s Southwark.
“Invest in a step counter and aim for 10,000 steps a day. Use the stairs instead of the lift at work, go for a walk at lunchtime or get off the train or bus three stops earlier and walk the rest of the way. It will make a big difference,” he says.
7. Pick a specific exercise and aim to improve it week by week, says David. “If you want to be able to run 10km, run 2km in your first week (even if you walk some of it), then increase to 3km the next and so on. Before you know it, you’ll be running 10km. You can start working on your speed afterwards.”
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