Here are our top New Year fitness tips from GB diver Ross Haslam, track and field athlete and double Paralympian Olivia Breen, recently retired ex-GB ski cross athlete Pam Thorburn and rising diving star Brooke Cullen.
Top row: Ross Haslam, Pam Thorburn Bottom row: Brooke Cullen, Olivia Breen.
OUR NUROKOR AMBASSADORS TOP 10 2021 FITNESS TIPS:
1) Start now
"My first tip would be to start now! Try not to tell yourself you will start tomorrow or the day after. I find for me the hardest part is always getting started, so once you get moving give yourself a pat on the back and know that it will be easier to keep going." - Ross Haslam
Whether it means rolling out the matt, getting out the door for that first jog or exercising in the backyard. The important thing is to make that first step and get the ball rolling.
2) Set yourself daily targets
"Set yourself daily exercise targets, such as a set number of steps or a press up challenge every day. This will help your motivation and give you a clear target for each day and then each week." - Brooke Cullen
Daily targets can allow you to break the process down and can eventually lead you into forming a more structured plan to meet those bigger goals you have.
3) Make exercise a priority
"It’s easy to get sidetracked and sometimes life gets in the way. Try to prioritise yourself and make time in your week, keep your eye on the prize!" - Pam Thorburn
Keep a reminder in your room, or set a specific time of day to complete your fitness regime. Believe us, this will make it easier in the long run!
4) Find an exercise buddy
"Everything is easier with a friend, and if you commit to meeting someone for a walk, run or session at the gym then it can help to keep you disciplined and stop you from putting it off and leaving it for another day." - Ross Haslam
Line up your goals with a housemate, family member or someone in your support bubble.
5) Make a game plan
"Look at the goal you have made and then make a list of small steps on how to achieve it. For example, if running a marathon is your goal, the first step would be to make a detailed programme of how you will progress, no matter what level you are. This will start slowly and build up your running miles over the coming months. It has to be realistic." - Pam Thorburn
Breaking it down into manageable size pieces can be less of a shock to the system and offers a more realistic long term plan to make your resolution a reality.
6) Keep a food diary
"Keep a food diary to make sure you are getting your five a day (vegetables & fruit). And have a colourful plate of food everyday - the colours will make you happy as well as keeping you healthy." - Olivia Breen
7) Celebrate the small stuff
"It’s important to understand that there will be setbacks, but you have to celebrate the progress – no matter how big or small. That way you will make your journey more achievable and rewarding." Pam Thorburn
Whether it is a 1k run milestone or you finished week one of a daily online fitness challenge. It is important to celebrate and remember how amazing you are!
8) Give yourself a boost with NuroKor
Don't forget to take care of your body in the process of starting a new exercise routine. Recovery is just as important, it can give you the longevity to reach your goals!
"If you increase your training intensity or your number of sessions, it is worth using bioelectrical therapy to help ease sore legs after your workouts. I use my NuroKor device on my legs after most strength and conditioning sessions." - Ross Haslam
9) Kit yourself out
"This won’t work for everyone but getting yourself some new workout clothes can sometimes give you a boost and get you motivated to start and continue with your fitness goals." - Brooke Cullen
10) Find something you enjoy
"There are so many different types of physical activity that I would recommend trying a range sports or fitness activities, and seeing which ones work for you. Also remember you will not enjoy every session at the gym, or every fitness class, walk or run so don't give yourself a hard time if you have a bad day. Just keep going and look for the positives in each session." - Ross Haslam
Ross Haslam is a GB diver aiming to compete in the Individual 3m Springboard event at Tokyo Olympics in 2021. You can follow his journey on Instagram @rosshaslam
Olivia ‘Livvy’ Breen is a double Paralympian and the current T38 Long Jump IPC World Champion. You can follow Livvy’s journey on Instagram @livvy_breen.
Brooke Cullen is a young Junior Elite Squad Diver from Southend – on the pathway towards competing for GB. You can follow Brooke’s journey on Instagram @brooke_diving
Pam Thorburn is a recently retired ex-GB World Cup ski cross athlete. She is also Crossfit Level 2 trainer. You can follow Pam’s journey on Instagram @pamthorburn