Progress report - How to beat the week 2 cravings

January 15 2015

You’re nearly two weeks into your new programme and you’re absolutely smashing it!

Hitting the gym after a 12-hour day at work? No problem! Lifting weights in one hand while you balance the shopping and the kids in the other? Easy! By the end of your second week you will have gotten into the swing of your new routine and will feel like a fitness pro.

Over the last week you have probably perfected your routine, your strength will have improved and you may even notice some weight loss. However, don’t panic if you still feel as weak as when you first started. The key to achieving your fitness goal is consistency, stick with your routine and after a while you will start to see the benefits of exercise.

Now that you’ve had a chance to recover from your first week you are probably looking for something a little more challenging. You still have bags of energy and enthusiasm in the second week of training so it’s a great time to try something new. If you’ve already mastered the treadmill, why not try a high-energy class such as boxercise? The active, non-combat class combines movements from boxing to create a fun and stimulating workout. As it doesn’t use weights, it’s perfect for those still building up their strength and delivers fantastic results.

Your healthy eating is going amazingly well, but that little voice in the back of your mind keeps trying to tempt you back to the dark side. We all get cravings sometimes, whether it’s sugary snacks, chocolate or fatty junk food. But don’t let all of your hard work go to waste by giving into temptation. Cravings often come in waves, and while it might feel as though the world is going to end if you don’t have a chocolate bar, chances are the feeling will mysteriously pass after 15 minutes. Keep plenty of healthy snacks on hand, such as carrot sticks and nuts, for emergencies in case the cravings strike.

Motivational tips for week two:

Exercise:

While your enthusiasm to workout is fantastic, don’t overdo things. It’s not necessary to go to the gym every day of the week and could in fact do you more harm than good, as your muscles are still adjusting to regular exercise. Rest for at least 2 days a week and if you really can’t bear to rest, opt for a low-impact activity such as swimming.

Diet:

Make sure that you are keeping yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water. H2O is vital for our systems as it cleanses our bodies of toxins, curbs food cravings and re-energises muscles. When muscles don’t have adequate amounts of fluid they don’t work as well and can hinder performance. An average person should be drinking around 2 litres of water a day, but also take into consideration the amount you’ll loose from sweating as you workout, so fill you bottle up and drink a little more.