MK sports queen Gail Emms writes her debut fitness column for Celebrate:MK.
As an Olympian, I trained three times a day, six days a week. I put my body through immense regimes of interval runs, weights programmes and on-court work.
Now, I’m a working mum of two boys and my priorities have changed massively. I don’t need to be a world champion badminton player any more, but I do want to be a positive role model for my friends and family.
Exercise makes me feel good and gives me the energy I need for the rest of the day.
Here are my top tips for fitness success this year…
1) Find a goal
This can be a timed run, target weight or just creating new habits, but having an end result helps keep the motivation and you can reward yourself when you are on track.
2) Enjoy the workouts!
You will get better results doing the exercise you like. If you don’t like swimming, don’t swim. You will find excuses not to do it.
3) Always OVER-plan
Life will inevitably get in the way so if you want to do 3-4 sessions a week, plan 5-6 then if you have to miss one, you won’t feel as negative about it.
4) Get help!
I’ve been exercising most of my life, but I still have a personal trainer (Riley Gooch @Prolete), I use a gym and F45 classes, and get advice from Katie Elmer (@cleancoachkatie) about running.
5) Listen to your body
Get advice from a medical professional if you are unsure about your health and whether to exercise before you start. If there is pain, stop… but learn to love the way the mind can push the body, even when you want to give up.
6) Recovery is important
Stretching, warm-downs and rest days give your body time to replenish and reset for the next session.
7) Go outdoors!
It might be warm and cosy inside… but fresh air and being outside is so good for your physical/mental health and your immune system as well as getting vitamin D.
And no excuses about the weather – the only excuse is not appropriate clothing 😉
This column is sponsored by Physiotherapy Acupuncture & Sports Injury Clinic.