17 May 2019
How To Choose Your Fitness Goals: Advice From The Experts
If there’s a golden rule of fitness, it’s that you’ve got to remember to ‘just do you’. Just as some people love zumba and others swear by HIIT, what works for one person won’t necessarily be right for another - here's Lucozade Sport Fitwater's ambassadors on how they choose their fitness goals, apply their training and the importance of hydration to their daily routines.
If there’s a golden rule of fitness, it’s that you’ve got to remember to ‘just do you’. Just as some people love zumba and others swear by HIIT, what works for one person won’t necessarily be right for another.
Lucozade Sport Fitwater ambassadors Gemma Atkinson, Vic Spence, Nik Naidoo and Lawrence Price all share the fact that they have been active from a young age. Today, they have all evolved to find individual approaches to fitness where they feel happy and content with what works for them.
We sat down with them to hear how they choose their fitness goals, apply their training and the importance of hydration to their daily routines.
What are your goals for the year?
Lawrence: I have set myself some clear goals for the year - on a weekly basis I have ensured that I am hitting up three purposeful workouts designed to improve strength and aerobic performance. But I have also set myself less stringent goals such as enjoying a wide range of sports – I have fallen in love with mountain biking in recent years. I want to 'train to live, not live to train' so I’m automatically drawn to anything that enhances my life in this way.
Vic: Every year I set myself a non-aesthetic based fitness challenge to push myself mentally and physically. This year I ran the London Marathon which was amazing! Now I’m planning to do a triathlon. Aside from that I’m trying to get myself into a clearer, stress-free headspace by committing to journaling each night and only committing to work that really excites me and fits with my hopes for the future - so far, so good!
Nik: My main goals are work based to be honest. I want to start conveying how fitness can change our lives beyond the physical. Yes, we strive to be fit and look good but the power of this 'hobby' goes way deeper, at least that‘s my perception. I studied Philosophy at university, and over the years I've combined this way of thinking towards understanding how fitness has really helped me grow. I want to share my story and inspire others to use fitness in the same way.
Gemma: Goal-wise I’m all about PBs as opposed to a number on a scale or a certain sized dress. Since being pregnant I’ve taken up yoga and Pilates and it’s been incredible, more so mentally. I’ve found it very calming. I’d like to get back to feeling my fittest and healthiest post baby and get deadlifting my body weight again, at the minute it’s had to take a back seat and I’ve missed it a little.
Why is staying hydrated so important?
Lawrence: The body is made up of around 60% water, so staying hydrated is essential for everyday life, especially when we are active. When we exercise and start to sweat, we lose both fluid and electrolytes. Fitwater is a convenient way to help us to replenish what we lose in sweat as it is a purified water with significant amounts of added electrolytes. I have added more electrolytes into my training routine for many years now and so to be a Lucozade Fitwater ambassador means I can now shout about what I practice to all those who also want to lead a full and active life!
Vic: Hydration is SO important. Before working with Fitwater I wasn’t fully aware of the electrolytes we lose when we sweat. Did you know sweat contains key electrolytes including sodium, chloride, magnesium and calcium? I do now, and I try and rehydrate and replenish the electrolytes I have lost after every workout. Drinking Fitwater helps me to achieve both - in a refreshing and convenient way. You can see exactly what’s in the product; the significant levels of electrolytes and their benefits are displayed clearly and simply for everyone to understand. The product also supports Lucozade Sport’s goal of inspiring more people to move, in whichever way best suits them. Fitwater is now a key part of my exercise routine. I drink it during and after my training to stay well hydrated and get ready to take on the next challenge.
Nik: I definitely notice a big difference when I am not properly hydrated, so I know it’s extremely important. Not everyone is aware though and it affects us in much the same way as a lack of sleep. If you are sleep deprived, you get used to feeling a certain way – so it is not until you are on top of it and then suffer from a bad night’s sleep that you realise the difference. It’s amazing to partner with Fitwater because its genuinely something I use every day alongside my training. It makes staying hydrated and replenishing my lost fluids and electrolytes really convenient. For me, this is the most important thing as I am constantly on the go, in between classes, teaching, and then trying to fit in my own training. It is easy to neglect hydration when you are so busy!
Gemma: With our current busy lifestyles and constant dashing around it’s essential we keep hydrated. Since joining the Fitwater team I’ve learnt so much more about the importance of this and I can’t stress enough how essential hydration is, our bodies are made up of about 60% water after all! People are quick to eat after a workout but often forget about replenishing fluids. Fitwater is all about that, which is so important.
What's your best training tip?
Lawrence: My best bit of advice is to focus on 'consistency' and to play the long game when it comes to training. The greatest achievements always take time and it is often the smaller day-to-day details that make the difference in the end. Sure, you will have some great training sessions and some not so great training sessions... that is a given, it happens to us all. The key ingredient to success is to simply keep turning up.
Vic: When it comes to training, stop focusing solely on aesthetic goals. Your body is not an ornament, it’s an instrument which can be played in many different ways. Having a goal which focuses on gaining strength, fitness and finding new skills is going to make fitness more enjoyable. Do the things which make fitness fun for you!
Nik: Keep it simple and be consistent! The best training and eating regime is the one you are most passionate about. There is a lot of choice out there today, but everyone is wired differently. Find something that works for you, love it, do it with passion, and you will never see your training as a chore.
Gemma: My best training tip would be to choose a sport you enjoy and not just one that you think you have to do. Also, training shouldn’t be a punishment for something you ate, it’s a celebration of what your body can do. Change your reasons for exercising from fitting into a certain size to prioritising your health and your own personal PBs and you’ll reap the benefits.