What have you done lately that will benefit you in years to come? What can you do that will make you fitter, healthier and happier? For example, have you made any fitness commitments which you are now following? Are you better with your nutrition? Are you exercising more regularly?

There has been a big push recently for the Dubai Fitness Challenge. This initiative has been set up with the aim to make Dubai a more active City. Run by His Highness, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mo-hammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, it involves exercising for 30 minutes, every day for 30 days.

In order to see the benefits, results take time. Whether it is losing weight, building muscle, improving fitness etc…there is no quick fix, you simply have to put in the time and effort.
You need to make a lifestyle change.

That sounds quite scary. As humans, we do not like change. We are often afraid to change because we fear that we are stepping into the unknown, out of our comfort zone. We like a routine, something we are comfortable with, something that is easy as we get used to it.

However, what we are currently doing, may not be beneficial to us in years to come and instead it is becoming detrimental, not only to our health but our physical appearance too.

So how do you make a lifestyle change?
1) Know what you want
2) Think about what you need to do to get there
3) Be disciplined and focused

Developing new habits usually takes a minimum of 21 days. This means that you need to make little changes to your current lifestyle so that your new routine takes over the old routine.

If your goal is health-related, that’s where I can help you. To be fitter, have more energy, be more productive in work, be more confident, lose weight, tone up, gain more muscle, move more freely. These are all very achievable goals and targets which myself and other fitness professionals in the industry can help you with. All of this is possible, if you are committed and have the mindset to change and embrace new ideas. Check out your url, edit your profile, boast of your success!

Some simple but effective changes you can make, are listed below:

• Go to bed earlier, get up earlier
• Pack a gym bag and put in the car
• Eat breakfast
• Cook and meal prep your food
• Have your 5 a day (Fruit and Vegetable portions)
• Keep a food diary of what you eat daily
• Drink more water
• Exercise more frequently
• Buy new gym clothes
• Train with a partner or a PT Instructor
• Have a minimum of 6 hours sleep (preferably 8 hours)

Following some of these changes will change your body from its normal routine. Then after 21 days, you will adapt to the new lifestyle. Exercising shouldn’t be a chore, it should be fun. There are many forms of exercise and different ways in which you can be active. Take advantage of the cooler weather and go outdoors, head out on the water, take a trip into the desert or even climb a mountain. Make it fun so that you will enjoy it. Doing new things is also a great way to meet new people who are looking to change their lives for the better. Don’t wait any longer, the sooner you start the sooner you will get results…NOW is time to make the change! ■

Nicky Holland
Personal Trainer
Website www.nicky-fitness.com
Instagram @nicky__fitness