All year round body confidence
Celebrity personal trainer Paulette Sybliss sets out realistic fitness goals for 2019
It’s that time of year again when you’re amped up to hit the gym to shed away the pounds piled on over the festive season. And that’s great if you can keep it up! But if you find yourself falling at the first hurdle, having unrealistic goals can often leave you not only out of pocket (think wasted gym membership), but feeling unmotivated and pretty dejected too. That’s why Janet Jackson’s personal trainer, Paulette Sybliss, believes babystep changes are key to maintaining a body you’ll be confident with for the entire year...
It sounds obvious but most people overshoot their gym goals. If you’re unable to make a class three times a week that’s fine - perhaps you need to explore other options. There are so many good DVDs and YouTube channels available that you don’t need to leave the house. Plus, you will be able to find something that suits your ability and personality. Take time to think carefully about your goals and make a plan for how they can be achieved.
After a long day at work, exercise can be the last thing you have the time or energy for! So start with a small amount each day and this will make a big difference. The great thing about free weights is that they can be done in the comfort of your own home. You can even use your own body weight: think push-ups, squats and lunges. No weights are needed for these exercises and they are still very challenging.
Once you start seeing results it will help you stay motivated and you’ll never look back.
Work with weights
If you want to tone up try weight training. People are often surprised when I say we didn’t do any conventional cardio when I worked with Janet. When you weight train your body continues to burn calories long after the session is over. This is when you’ll see a difference in your strength and body shape.
Try to cook a few meals all in one go to ensure you always have healthy food on-hand. Put leftover meals in the freezer and take them out the night before so they are ready to eat the next day. Staying hydrated and drinking lots of water is also important. Thirst is often mistaken for hunger. I suggest carrying a water bottle that you can sip on throughout the day.
Focus on the journey
Don’t place your entire focus on the end goal. Aim to find something you love so that you stay motivated and dedicated along the way. Too often I hear clients saying they ‘aren’t losing fat fast enough’ or that ‘it’s just not happening’. Yet upon further questioning it becomes clear that they’ve come a long way.
Appreciating the journey you’re on, and not just looking towards the end goal, is key to staying on the right track.