There is no surprise that this year has been a tough one that has affected the nation in numerous ways. England took us on an emotional and thrilling rollercoaster throughout the Euros, Boris freed us from the shackles of an 18-month lockdown, The Insulate Britain group blocked the roads with their seated protests, and petrol shortages sent us into the biggest panic since the loo role shortage.

Now is a time to reflect upon what we want to achieve in 2022, one of the most important on your list will hopefully be a healthier lifestyle, both mental and physical.

Mental health

There is no secret that exercise is a game-changer for your mental health. It doesn’t make a difference to what form it comes in, even dancing is a great form of exercise.

However, I will be doing my dance classes secretly locked away for no one to see.

If you value your sleep as much as I do, you’re going to love this one. Did you know that exercise helps you sleep? It increases the amount of time you spend in a deep sleep.

To feel the maximum benefits of exercise, you don’t even have to be on the go for hours, a short 30-60 minute workout should be just fine.

Nobody is perfect

According to the BBC, they are studies that suggest the higher the rate of perfectionism, the more psychological disorders you are going to suffer. I think that my singing is perfect, but to be honest it does make me feel quite sad when I hear it being played back.

Here is a S.M.A.R.T goal example that will help steer you towards progress

Specific – To lose 1 stone of weight, from 16 stone to 15 stone.

Measurable – Measure weight loss using the scales every 1 week.

Achievable – Will be achieved by going to the gym 3 times a week and increasing caloric expenditure whilst decreasing calorie intake by switching unhealthy snacks for healthy alternatives.

Realistic- This goal is realistic based on using the government guidelines for safe weight loss to decide upon an appropriate timeframe.

Time-bound- Aims to achieve this goal within 4 months.

If you ever need guidance on how to achieve progress whilst exercising or working out, do not hesitate to contact us on social media to speak to our qualified personal trainers.

Reward yourself

At school, I use to love being rewarded. Unfortunately, due to poor behavior, this did not happen that much. Someone had to provide the entertainment.

Do not forget to reward yourself when you have achieved one of your goals, in life and in the gym.

Time for some fancy Science lingo! When you reward yourself, your brain releases positive emotions, resulting in the realization that your efforts result in a positive reward. When this is done consistently, your brain will associate pleasure with accomplishing the task or goal and move towards it in the future.

Here are some relaxing ways you can reward yourself after an exhausting workout.

Treat yourself to a massage- Who doesn’t enjoy a massage? It is one of the best ways of relaxing whilst also rebuilding and recovering the muscles.

Have a bubble bath- Soak your workout sorrows away in a relaxing bubble bath. Pro Tip: add bath bombs for maximum enjoyment.

Watch T.V- Put your fit up in The Sportsmen’s Rest Bar and watch live sports on our massive widescreen 75” cinema screen.

Shenley Events- Look out for the events that we have in The Sportsmen’s Rest Bar, treat yourself to our Quiz Night on Monday 17th January and Monday 24th  January at 8pm.

Ask for help

A problem shared is a problem halved. One of my problems is that I love eating pizza, However, it definitely won’t be shared.

A good exercise routine is great, but it is not the be-all and end-all. If you are struggling with your fitness regime, our qualified team will always be of assistance.

Ring in the new year feeling mentally and physically healthy. Remember to always treat yourself, do not strive for perfection, and our qualified team of personal trainers will do our best to guide you towards your goals.

To become a member of our leisure centre and to get access to unlimited classes, give us a call on 01908 502488 and our lovely receptionists will get you booked in.