It's the New Year and I'm sure most of you have already written your resolutions for 2015. For me, as I am sure for you too, one key resolution revolves around health and fitness. And no doubt as a cyclist I am keen to fulfil a few cycling goals this year.
Here are some steps that I would like to share with you for getting fit in the New Year.
DO A CLEANSE
There are many different types of cleanses out there. Some are geared to cleansing a particular organ of the body (the liver for example) and others can be quite extreme diets that are meant to rid you of harmful toxins. The length of the cleanse can also vary, usually they are 3, 7, or 15 days. It could be a good way to kick start your fitness goals for 2015 because you can get rid of the excess weight you may have put on during the holidays, and once the difficult part is over, you will likely feel radiant and full of energy. The first few days can be very difficult, especially if you have an addiction for coffee or carbs (including fructose and other sugars), and you may not know you have an addiction until you restrict these. Make sure that you cleanse smart, that is, don’t do rigorous exercise while cleansing and ensure that you maintain good nutrition.
Treating yourself to a personal trainer as a present is a great way to get into shape in the New Year. Even with a handful of training sessions you can start to get into the training routine and learn a few exercises which you can use when training on your own. A personal trainer can also provide the encouragement needed to push yourself to the next level if you are already training regularly.
SIGN UP TO A SPRING CYCLING EVENT & GET TRAINING
Taking part in a cycling event early in the new year is a great way to get motivated and improve your fitness. Look into an event that you have always wanted to try, such as a triathlon, cyclocross, sportive or even an etape of the Tour de France. Once you choose the event you can then establish a training plan to get you to the right level of fitness. This is a fun and easy way to get fit after the holidays.
TAKE PART IN WEEKLY CYCLE RIDES
We recently posted a list of fun rides in January in and near our shop in Battersea. We also have a women's weekly road bike ride to Richmond Park, with Saturday rides starting soon! For more rides take a look at the British Cycling website, they advertise rides all around the UK. Another way to do weekly rides is to join a cycling club. Find one near your area and try to go to as many rides as possible, even if you struggle to keep up at first with regular training you will be as fast as the rest of your club in no time.
Enjoy the start of the New Year and have fun writing up those resolutions. Happy riding in 2015!