2020 is here and the glow of Christmas has all but faded, along with your New Year resolve to make this the year you finally get yourself in shape.
The cold reality of January can make you feel unfit, unhealthy and unmotivated. According to research by Strava, a social network for athletes most of us have given up on our resolutions by 12th Janaury! They have even nicknamed that date ‘Quitter’s Day’. So what’s the secret to staying on track?
We put huge pressure on ourselves to make all the right lifestyle changes all in one go but changing too many things at once and not listening to your body can quickly make you feel out of your depth and too much like you are depriving yourself of all the things you love!
To be successful you need to understand your body, monitor your health correctly and set yourself achievable tasks with step by step goals. By doing this you will find that you reach your goals steadily and successfully!
For example, setting an ambitious weight target with an unrealistic deadline will likely cause frustration from crash dieting, yo-yo weigh-in results and disappointment if the pounds don’t fall off as quickly as you would like.
Kinetik Wellbeing believe in Keeping Health Simple, so here is our helpful guide to encourage you to make 2020 the year you triumph over those health goals.
Monitor your workouts
By monitoring your workouts with a wearable device you can determine when your body is working at it’s optimum level, and see your stats improve as your fitness level increases.
Your heart is the central engine of your body, and by tracking your heart rate during your workout you will learn how to maintain the right intensity for an effective workout, without overdoing it.
The Kinetik Heart Rate Monitor transmits data from chest strap to watch as you train for real-time results. Set your target heart rate zone with upper and lower target rates and track calories burnt as you go.
Understand what you are made of
If you want to lose weight, you need to understand what your weight should be and set realistic targets to keep you on track. A great way to determine your target weight is by working out your ideal BMI using a BMI calculator like the one on the NHS website.
A key fector in weight-loss is to understand that your weight is not just made up of ‘fat’, there are other factors that you should be familiar with such as Muscle mass, water, bone mass and BMI. All of these factors combined make up your Body Composition and ideally, a healthy body composition is one that includes a lower percentage of body fat and a higher percentage of non-fat mass, which includes muscle, bones, and organs.
The Kinetik Body Composition Analyser is a smart monitor for your weight loss journey. With a step-on operation you can instantly read your full body composition analysis, and store in the 8 user memory.
The NHS recommends sticking to a safe weight loss target of 1lb-2lbs per week. Breaking down your target and tracking your progress will help keep you in control and motivated.
Take the pressure off
Improving fitness and managing your weight will help you feel better about yourself. It also contributes to your heart health and lowers blood pressure.
High blood pressure puts extra strain on your heart, and if left untreated it can lead to life threatening complications such as cardiac arrest or stroke.
There are approximately 16 million people in the UK living with high blood pressure – and 7 million of them are unaware of it. Many people will only have their blood pressure checked when they visit their GP, so having access to a blood pressure monitor at home can help signal potential issues and seek medical support before a problem arises.
A Kinetik Blood Pressure Monitor will enable you to check your blood pressure regularly in the comfort of your own home. Having a home monitor will encourage you to become more mindful of your health choices, which will help motivate you to keep up with those weight and fitness goals too.
Be kind to yourself
Just the fact that you are reading this guide shows that you are ready to make a commitment to your health in 2020. It won’t always be easy but by taking time to understand your health as a whole – rather than focussing on one single area – you will have the best possible start to your journey.
If you fall off track, do not be discouraged! We are only human, we are allowed to make a mistake and it is no reason to give up all together. Goals don’t have to start on 1st January – every day is a new page so turn over and start again tomorrow.
Here are 3 final key points to take away:
- Start small if you are aiming high
- Measure, monitor and manage your progress to understand your goals
- Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, and allow the occasional rest day