Healthier New Year

Big changes for 2020 can be achieved with small steps. We’ve teamed up with Co-op shopper and personal trainer, Raul Romero, to discuss 10 simple, yet effective ways to make this your best year yet.


1) Go Veggie - or even try the Vegan diet.



There are so many ways to get more veggies into your diet, or to try going meat or dairy free. If it seems too much to fully cut these out your diet, maybe just try it for one day a week for the month and see how you feel after a day of cleaner eating. More vegetables in your diet will fill you up more too, so you won’t be wanting to hunt around for extra snacks in your day.


2) Low and no alcohol



This is a popular one amongst my clients, to give them a break and detox their systems. A far healthier (yet maybe not as enjoyable!) alternative would be to focus on increasing your water intake instead of popping open a bottle of fizz, and I promise you, you really will feel much better for it in the long run! Check out Co-op’s low-to-no alcohol range too!


3) Go Sugar Free



In a world with an ever-increasing number of sugary treats, this is a great one to try to really cleanse your body of sugar. You’ll not only feel healthier but breaking the sugar addiction can control your appetite. Remember, going sugar-free isn’t just about cutting out the chocolates, biscuits, and cakes. Natural sugars can be found in fruits too, so be mindful of your intake. 


4) The 30 day PLANK challenge



Although this may sound like a killer to some, it really is a case of practice makes perfect. Bounding out of bed in the morning into a plank may hurt on day one, but by day 30, you will feel stronger, boast a harder core and be able to hold your planks for longer. The fab thing is, everyone can plank without needing any extra equipment or any kind of gym membership. 


5) Sunday  - Food Prep Day



This is one I advise all of my clients to try, as it helps to keep them on track in the week and stops the temptation of ordering a take away instead of cooking at home. Without a doubt, preparing healthy, balanced meals, packed full of vegetables and lots of ‘good stuff’ (so they are ready to bung in the oven or chuck in the pan), saves a lot of time, and definitely helps you to eat healthier - not to mention the money saved on the weekly food bill!


6) Day Water Detox



This is one that I have tried several times in the past and, from first hand experience, I can say it works wonders, not only for your health, but also aesthetically for glowing skin, shiny hair and healthy nails. Although this sounds easy, preparation is the key here. You’ll need to aim to drink 2 litresof water each day. Preparing reusable bottles for the day, can really help to monitor your progress and be a natural reminder to stay on track. 


7) Move More



This does sound simple, yet it’s crazy how few think to do it. Maybe park a little further away from your work or the shops than usual. Or once you get in at night, take a quick walk around the block before you sit down, so you get your extra steps in. Many of my clients use smart watches or apps to track their fitness, and this really has helped, especially when they start following each other and getting a more competitive.


8) Join a gym or fitness group



I know so many people who get what I call ‘gym fear’ because they are scared to step foot inside a gym or exercise in front of people, because they are worried about their fitness levels. I have more trouble persuading people to do this, then the actual workout itself. If this is the case, maybe take a friend or join a small exercise group where I can assure you there are plenty of other people who feel the same as you. Most gyms aren’t looking to just get six packs and run a marathon, but to improve your fitness levels and wellbeing.


Raul Romero 



Raul is the founder of Ambition Personal Training and is motivated by his ambition to help people exercise and ultimately become happier. Raúl was born and grew up in Barcelona, Spain. From a young age, he showed a great passion for all things sports and fitness related.

With over 18 years of experience in the fitness industry, Raúl was very excited to move to the U.K and pursue a career that he is truly passionate about and that would give him the chance to channel all of his experiences and knowledge to help his clients ‘become their best’.



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