It doesn't take much to break a good workout routine and after the holidays you're not alone if your last workout is a distance memory....
But remember the golden rule that energy creates energy! And so, even if your head is finding every excuse to start again tomorrow, make a start today and you'll be well on your way to feeling energised and ready to tackle the new year.
Here's our top tips for getting back in those leggings and getting back to that workout.
1. Just make a start. It might only be a long walk today, but it's still a step in the right direction. And if money is tight this month there are still plenty of activities that don't involve the expense of a gym membership, PT or fancy equipment. Try an online workout at home, go for a run, or a bike ride with friends.
2. Remember to increase your workouts gradually! Drop the intensity or duration/distance until you feel ready and able to return to your usual regime. Getting an injury at the start of the year is going to seriously impact any plans for a fitter 2018.
3. Consistency is key and it's always better to partake in moderate exercise 3 or 4 times a week rather than 3 hours just at the weekend. Schedule the time in the diary so you have a commitment to yourself.
4. We all get our favourite workouts but if you really want to make great progress this year, try out a new class or mixing up your regular cardio sessions with some strength training. Variety in your training will also stop boredom setting in, making it far more likely that you continue your new exercise routine into the Spring and beyond.
5. Make sure you're getting enough sleep to give you the energy needed to feel motivated to turn up and give your workout the focus it needs, and help your body recover post workout.
6. Taking certain vitamins and supplements may help to balance any deficiencies and help support your body and immune system whilst it gets used to the new regime. Vitamin C and Magnesium can be beneficial to increase immunity and reduce post workout tiredness and muscle soreness.
7. Don't start a new workout regime if you're on a very low calorie restricted diet. Your body needs fuel to deliver a workout so showing up for a class empty is like expecting your car to drive 200 miles without petrol. Instead work on eating a balanced, varied diet with high protein and lots of fresh vegetables and fruit and carefully portioned complex carbs around training times to give your body the nutrients and energy it needs to perform at each and every workout.
And whatever you decide to do to get back to being active, make sure you get great advice or attend a class where you can get expert guidance that will be tailored to you. Just because a friend recommends it, doesn't necessarily mean it's right for you. Always remember to tell your fitness instructor about any injuries or health concerns that may affect your ability to carry out the exercises they give you.
Here's to an energised 2018!
Written by Kate Swinson - Founder of MEvME