For many of us the run into Xmas involved shopping, eating, drinking and lots of partying. Mince pies, mulled wine, chocolates, nuts, cakes, turkeys stuffing roast potatoes . . . the list goes on.
With so much else to get done, we can all be forgiven for taking our eye off our health and fitness during the festive season. But now it’s a new year and time to outline some new resolutions for your lifestyle – and 2014 is your chance to really make it count.
The key reason behind lapsed resolutions such as fad dieting, crazy regimes and strict routines is that we all tend to drop plans that aren’t fun and don’t produce genuine, maintainable results. And with the weather getting worse, it’s unlikely that you’ll want to take up any outdoor pursuits or give up those hearty winter meals just yet. Instead, why not get into the routine of a healthy indoor exercise regime as early as possible to offset those long, cold nights, which can suck the energy and motivation out of even the hardiest exerciser.
The number one rule is to find an activity that you enjoy. Sticking to a plan that doesn’t feel like a chore can be the difference between yo-yoing in weight and keeping those extra few pounds off permanently. If the usual suspects – treadmills, cross-trainers, ab machines and exercise bikes – send shivers down your spine, why not try out a class such as Pilates.
Pilates is an exercise system that focuses on stretching and strengthening the whole body, improving balance, muscle-strength, flexibility and posture in the process. Pilates is quite different to those intense, heart-pounding classes you’re used to seeing. Pilates has grown massively in popularity over the last 15 years, not only because it keeps people fit and in good shape, but alleviates many underlying problems such as back and neck pain, poor posture – those symptoms that can often leave you close to tears at your desk in the office every day.
A weekly Pilates session is an ideal way to ensure that your favourite jeans fit once again after a Christmas of excess. At Physio4Life our Pilates classes in Putney provide the finest instruction in the surroundings of our welcoming studio complete with the latest equipment to complement your mat work. As a low impact form of exercise, it is ideal for any age and Physi04Life’s trainers will work to keep you motivated and focused.
If the idea of improving muscle tone and flexibility, core strength and joint mobility, as well as relieving some of that stress and tension as you get fit sounds right up your street, why not give us a call at Physio4Life on 0208 704 5998 and reach your health goals in time for Spring.