Varsity is just around the corner and we are here to get you from couch to 10k with our top tips. Whether you’re a spectator, taking part on a competitive level or, have signed up for one of the mass participation events, we are here to make sure you’re on the way to achieving that personal best.
Take it slow: Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is your fitness journey! Start with small steps to ease yourself into a new routine and don’t overdo it straight away. Why not start by, taking a walk on your lunch break, or by joining a new exercise class?
Get enough sleep: If you’re not getting enough sleep this could have an impact not only on your workouts but it can also affect your mental and physical wellbeing. Studies recommend between seven to nine hours of sleep each night and, quite honestly, any reason to stay in bed a little longer we’re totally ok with!
Maintain a balanced diet: Exercise and eating well, they go hand in hand. Like Ben and Jerry, Mario and Luigi, SpongeBob and Patrick, you can’t have one without the other and making sure you’re getting 5-a-day is key. Why not start by swapping snacks like crisps and chocolate for healthier alternatives such as fruit and nuts. Also, make sure you are eating three meals a day!
Stay hydrated: The government recommends drinking six to eight glasses of fluid (such as water) every day. Staying hydrated is vital in helping to maintain a healthy lifestyle and, it has also been proven to curb hunger!
Get your friends involved: There’s nothing like an exercise buddy to help improve motivation. Whether you’re going head to head or cheering each other on, exercising with friends is a great way to make sure you’re staying on track!
Make exercise a priority: You wouldn’t miss a lecture or the next season of Orange Is the New Black, so why would you miss a workout? Decide when you are going to exercise and this will be part of your weekly routine before you know it.
Take breaks: Contrary to the saying, if you do go too hard to start with, you will end up going home; exhausted, achy and potentially demotivated. Aim to exercise a few times a week and make sure you are having rest days.
Don’t deprive yourself: It’s all about balance! Make sure you’re treating yourselves every now and again. We’re not saying eat 28 doughnuts in one sitting but don’t deprive yourself.
Stay motivated: Whether it’s making a motivational Spotify playlist or treating yourself to some new gym clothes, make sure you’re motivating yourself to keep going.
Get inspired: Check out the stories from a few of our #TeamUWE individuals here, to get you on the road to success.