If you’re looking to get in shape, most people wait until the new year, though there’s something to be said about getting a head-start and forming the building blocks on which you can then catalyze your growth for the new year.
This way, it’s like building a pyramid, in that the first level provides the support and stability for the rest of the structure – for instance, if you want bigger shoulders, it makes sense to first build up the strength of the stabilizing muscles around your rotator cuff. Otherwise, you’re likely to find yourself overloading the muscle and causing an injury.
With that in mind here are a few ways you can start building the foundation for a stronger you in the New Year, and get in shape for the festive season:
1. DRINK MORE WATER
We all know our bodies are made up of mostly water, yet we often find ourselves in a place where we are dehydrated. We simply don’t drink enough water.
When you consider that being chronically dehydrated (which is what most people are) puts a huge amount of strain on vital organs, which means you perform much less than you would if you were hydrated.
It often results in a foggy head, an achy body, and a low mood.
2. DEVELOP CORE STRENGTH
When people think of “core strength” they mostly assume it has to do with their abs, yet, core stability isn’t limited to your abs and back – it extends to all joint structures, for instance, if you develop stability around your knee joints and shoulder joints before lifting heavy weights you are safeguarding yourself against injury.
3. EXERCISE LITTLE AND OFTEN
Many people are guilty of binge exercising, trying to cram in so much to a workout that they overdo it. Whilst this can be tempting, it would actually make a lot more sense to do a quick thirty minutes in the morning and a quick thirty minutes in the evening – as this way, your body has time to repair and replenish.
There’s often no benefit in exercising for hours upon hours, as is evidenced by the effectiveness of high intensity interval training.