With the New Year approaching, the time has come to start to plan and implement the things you need to better yourself. Nobody is perfect, there are always things we can improve upon…and sometimes, it’s some of the most basic things we need to get right!
Hydration… Trying to progress and make positive changes this New Year is futile without adequate hydration! Look to consume approx. 30ml of fluid per kg bodyweight if you’re 60 years of age or above, and 35ml per kg bodyweight if you’re less than 60 years of age. In most, this is the equivalent of approx. 10 200ml glasses of fluid a day. So an average 70kg male of 30 years of age would consume 2100ml (2.1L of fluid a day) e.g. 70 x 30 = 2100 according to the above calculation.
Plan… DO NOT skip planning… if you fail to plan then you’ll almost certainly fail to implement at one time or another. Yes we are all human, but planning is key to fulfilling your 2015 goals. Too many so called ‘new year’s resolutions’ fail because people do not plan properly and set unrealistic goals for themselves in impossible time frames. Be informed with your goal setting, implement S.M.A.R.T goals (a subject we have written on many times before) that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. Hit the link in order to see what we mean by S.M.A.R.T and how you can use them to drive success this coming year.
Sleep… Sleep is critical to optimal performance and a productive lifestyle. Cognitive function and physical activity is optimised when adequate sleep and rest is observed. There is however a fine line between getting adequate sleep and oversleeping, you may feel that 8+ hours is vital to you functioning, but the truth is you probably don’t always need this much. I’d bet that 50% of people aren’t doing enough activity through their own perception of fatigue and wellbeing. Too many people say they’re ‘tired’ or ‘exhausted’ when all they actually are is LAZY, now this isn’t to say that it’s the case in all scenarios, but all too often it is! Sleep is without doubt integral to growth, development and wellbeing, but it can also feed demotivation. Proper planning and a suitable training and nutrition plan will help you get to sleep at a decent hour. No matter how busy your schedule, time can and must always be made to prep for the following day either the night before or in the morning. Sleep is key, but getting too wrapped up in it is futile, and will wear you down quicker than any lack of sleep ever will!
Set yourself up for a BIG 2015 by getting the core, basic essentials right first. You will feed motivation and adherence to your routine if you have planned, set realistic goals and tuned your head into exactly what needs to be done. Visualise how you want to be, look and function, and then visualise it in practice through proper eating, drinking, sleeping and, of course... supplementing.
You can DO IT!!