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London Academy of Personal Fitness Newsletter We'll get your body back!
Feb 09
New Year Tips
In this issue
:: 7 fatloss back on track tips
:: Mind work
If you've found returning to your fitness programme or keeping your resolutions you made after the Christmas and New Year holidays to be a difficult, an almost impossible task you're not alone!
January is probably the most depressing month of the year normally without all the goings on that we are faced with at the moment.
See below for our tips on how to get your motivation back in February, develop and stick to a fitness programme and beat those January blues.
The 7 Secrets For Getting Your Fatloss Back On Track After The Holidays, by Dax Moy.

1. DON'T Join a gym... unless you really enjoy being there in the first place

Let's be honest about it; most people can't stand gyms. We join them because we think we're supposed to because that's what 'everyone' does. (The fact that 'everyone' drops out of their memberships within a month is neither here nor there... apparently).

Most people don't like them, rarely go and when they do, they work way too hard for far too little result. So why bother?

Skip the gym and get your own personal trainer, who is working for you.  Activity is activity. Your body doesn't know the difference between a high tech gym machine or the rusty dumbell you keep under your bed so put your money and your time towards training in the environment you most enjoy, your home or the local park.
3. Follow a Simple, Unambiguous Diet Plan

When most people start a new health kick they've the tendency to go for the diets with all the 'flashes, bangs and whistles', presumably in the hope that because some celebrity or other endorses it, it must be good. So they start it, get confused (or frustrated) and quit.

Don't fall for this failure trap.

Instead, choose a dietary system based upon simple principles that you can understand, that you agree with and that make sense to you. Once you've chosen it, commit to sticking with your plan and following it exactly for a predetermined period or you'll find yourself flitting from diet A to diet B whilst thinking about diet C. This is a sure recipe for failure.

Give it 30 days and then change it up if you have to.
 5. Get Rid of Your 'Fat' Clothes.

It's too easy to hide your physical condition in baggy clothes during the winter in the hope that no-one will notice how out of shape you've gotten. But YOU know don't you?

Stop kidding yourself, stop using the get out of jail free card and put yourself on the spot.

Get rid your baggies, donate them to charity, burn them even. Stop holding your fat clothes 'in reserve' in case you fail to lose the weight or, heaven forbid, put it back on. Don't allow yourself the option of failure and you won't fail. Simple.
7. Sweeten The Deal.

We all like rewards don't we? It sort of makes the whole effort we go through feel more worth it somehow, right? So offer yourself a bribe, an irresistible offer that you can cash in on once your goal is reached.

Maybe it'll be a big shopping spree for new clothes, a vacation, a new car or whatever else takes your fancy. Whatever it is, make it feel like a great big reward, something that'll excite you and use it as motivational fuel every time you feel like dropping from the plan.

You'll be amazed at what a little self-bribery will accomplish.
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2. Keep Your Workouts Short and Sweet:
Somewhere the 'a workout lasts an hour' rule has become cast in stone in your minds with many of you feeling that working out for anything less than this is a waste of time.
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Says who?

Look, if you can consistently and without fail workout for 10, 15 or 20 minutes a day every day you're doing yourself a better favor than going to the gym just 2-3 times a week for an hour, both physically and psychologically.

Besides, shorter workouts allow for a greater intensity, you can train harder, meaning that you'll get
better results than those long, slow, boring gym sessions.
4. Don't Jump In At The Deep End

When most people start a new exercise program to go hell for leather from day one. Then they wonder why they're aching, sore, stiff and starting to dread their workouts more and more with each passing day.

Start slow.

If you haven't exercised in a while then maybe 10 or 15 minutes is all you need. Be kind to yourself. Tomorrow you can do 16 minutes if you like and the day after you can do 17.

You wouldn't run a full marathon without building up your mileage through progressively longer distances so don't do it with your workouts. Build up. Enjoy it. Have fun.
6. Set Yourself A Clear, Unambiguous Goal

Most people start their new programs with a goal of 'getting fit' or 'losing fat' and wonder why they never seem to see any appreciable results. The answer is simple.

It's near impossible to be motivated by 'lose some fat'. How will you know when you get there? Instead, set a clear goal with a definite time frame attached. 'I will lose 20lbs by March 1st is a definite goal you can measure your progress by. If you fall off track you can pick things up by doing more, working harder or eating stricter.

See the difference?

Be clear about what you want and, in all likelihood, you'll get it!
Right that's your body sorted, what about your mind?

There is more stress now than in previous generations!  Work stress, family stress, stress from pollution, poor eating habits, these take a toll on our bodies, wearing us down and causing us to age much more quickly than we should.  So what can we do about it?
Email us now for our destressing tips: Click for your destress handout. 
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Finally, lets exercise your mind with a lateral puzzle!Taxi 
The Cabbie's Revenge 
An American tourist in London took a taxi cab.  When he reached his destination, the tourist paid the taxi driver the fare, but did not include a tip.  The taxi driver was displeased and said something to the American that ruined his whole evening.  The two men were strangers and had never met previously.  What did the cabbie say?
A copy of Chrissie's latest book, just out this month, "Box into Shape"  to the first correct answer!  Right, no cheating, email your answer to us or if you would like a further clue.  Email us now!
Thank you for reading this latest newsletter, your feedback is always appreciated on either the content of the newsletter or on our service to you.  Email us 

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