I’m a personal trainer – my tips will get you back on track if you’re already struggling to keep New Year’s resolutions

A fitness expert has revealed THE most effective workouts after the holiday break.

Some of the tips may come as a surprise to gym bunnies obsessed with daily workouts, and even to those who never keep their New Year’s resolutions.

Tom Miller, author of Fitness Volt and board-certified strength and conditioning specialist, shared the little-known secrets to getting your dream body, even during the winter months

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Tom Miller, author of Fitness Volt and board-certified strength and conditioning specialist, shared the little-known secrets to getting your dream body, even during the winter monthsPhoto credit: Tom Mueller
Miller emphasizes that setting specific workout times and recruiting a fitness buddy can make a bigger difference than most people realize

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Miller emphasizes that setting specific workout times and recruiting a fitness buddy can make a bigger difference than most people realizePhoto credit: Tom Mueller

But Tom Miller, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and author at Fitness Volt, revealed that working smarter, not harder, is the key to getting back in shape after a bloated New Year.

THE RIGHT TIME

Miller told the US Sun that “setting specific exercise times can help people” maintain their fitness routine despite the post-holiday slump and winter cold “because it creates a sense of structure and accountability.”

When there’s an ideal time to have dinner, walk the dog, take supplements, or schedule an appointment, workouts are just another task to jot down and complete.

When you add in special occasions, it’s easier to stick to a planned fitness schedule than it is to try to plan against the current.

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“When people have a set time for their workouts, they’re more likely to stick to their fitness routine and not let outside factors like the holiday season or cold weather get in the way,” Miller said.

LET YOU REST

“As for the importance of rest and personal energy conservation, giving the body time to recover after intense physical activity is crucial,” Miller explained.

Overexertion may seem like a quick way to get the results you want, when in fact it can “set us back in our fitness goals.”

“By allowing ourselves to rest and conserve energy, we can actually improve our performance and make long-term progress,” he added.

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GET PERSONAL

Exercise routines aren’t snuggies; one size doesn’t fit all.

Miller said, “When it comes to personalizing your workouts, it’s important to remember that every body is different and what works for one person may not work for another.”

“For example, you might be tempted to steal a regimen from your favorite magazine and copy everything it says, even getting your body to mimic the little cartoon diagram of the movements.”

“Following a workout to the letter in a magazine may not address individual needs and preferences and can lead to frustration and possibly even injury.”

“Instead, it’s better to create a personalized training plan that takes into account your own fitness goals, ability and physical limitations.”

HELLO PARTNERS

Exercising is one of those things that can actually be done better together.

“There are many benefits to having someone who supports and motivates you in your fitness journey,” Miller said.

“A team effort can create a sense of responsibility and camaraderie, and can also be a source of encouragement and motivation to push through difficult workouts.”

If you look at the task from the outside, you will be more likely to get out of your own head and prevent self-sabotage.

“Training alone can be more challenging because it can be easy to lose motivation or become demotivated when faced with setbacks,” Miller said.

BE A GOALSETT

Many fitness fans start their journey by looking ideal, but small goals can be just as crucial as that late ’90s picture of Britney Spears hanging on your locker door.

“It’s often more effective to focus on small, achievable goals rather than just starting with the end in mind,” Miller explained.

“Short-term goals can help break down larger goals into manageable chunks, which can increase motivation and provide a sense of accomplishment as each goal is met.”

While he acknowledges the importance of envisioning the possibilities, there’s no harm in telling your mind or body what it’s already done right and making gratitude a priority.

“Visualization can be a helpful tool in goal setting, but it’s important to remember to set realistic and achievable goals rather than just focusing on an end result.”

https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/7007127/best-winter-workout-routine-tips/ I’m a personal trainer – my tips will get you back on track if you’re already struggling to keep New Year’s resolutions

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