I'm Caitríona, a full-time working mam (to 3!) who is learning to run faster. In the next year I've set myself a goal of running 1,000km and improving my overall fitness levels. As I've such a busy and active lifestyle I'm a huge believer in eating fresh, wholesome food that can be prepared with minimum effort. Great food is fantastic fuel when you're training and it doesn't have to be complicated. It's easy to stay within my tight budget when I shop in Lidl and still eat well.
See below for Caitriona's Top Tips for a great start to the new year!
Tips for January Motivation & Fitness
- Drink more water.
- Invest in a refillable water bottle and carry it where ever you go. This has the added bonus of reducing the amount of single-use plastics in your life.
- Try steaming your vegetables instead of boiling and roasting them. It’s a great way to keep as many nutrients and fibre in your diet.
- Layer Up. Wear light layers of clothing with a zip jacket on top so that you can take off a layer of clothing when you get a little bit warmer.
- Soft Landing. Use a soft, lightweight, mat to exercise on. This will make your activities gentler on the joints.
Tips for starting a new Sport, Class or Fitness Regime
- One of the biggest factors in my fitness success is finding a club full of great people that I get on with. It makes it so much easier to get out and about, especially on the cold dark evenings in the Winter when I’d rather be home on the sofa. Joining a running club has given me more motivation as there are friends there to cheer me on and vice versa. Whatever your favourite activity, see if there are any clubs in your area and if not, see if your friends would like to join you in your run/walk/swim/whatever.
- After the glow of getting involved in a new activity, the next few weeks of any new fitness regime are always the most difficult I think. You will feel tired, emotional, and generally worn out. To combat this stock up on multivitamins and remember that an essential part of keeping fit is making sure that you get enough rest. Treat yourself to a movie night in or a bath with plenty of candles. If you don’t take care of yourself, nobody else will!
- Yoga is one of my favourite classes to go to, possibly because I can be lazy when it comes to stretching after runs. The beauty of Yoga is that it focusses on your flexibility and core strength and this adds to your overall wellness. If you can’t make a class then look up Yoga ‘flows’ on YouTube for beginners and go to a class at home for free.
- If you are doing any sort of Yoga I recommend investing in seamless cotton or stretch clothes for your practice. As Yoga is so focussed on breathing and movement even something as small as garment tag can irritate you.
- If you have had a slip up this week don’t worry. Start again. The beauty of having a fitness resolution is that you’ve set it so you can reset the clock. You’re in control.