Get Fit: Expert Tips on Getting Healthy
Feel fitter in 2018 with our expert’s top tips to getting healthy this New Year
It’s a new year and you’re already starting to feel like it’s time for a change. Taking the first step to going back to the gym or starting for the first time can be a daunting experience but once you take that leap, you’re on the right track to becoming a more healthy you, both in body and mind.
We’re lucky in Dublin City Centre to have a great selection of gyms and excellent personal trainers all within the core DublinTown area. So to get you some top tips we went to one of the best. Working in the fitness industry for 29 years, Personal Trainer, Paul Byrne of Body Byrne on Clarendon St, has seen many Januarys and many goals that unfortunately aren’t reached because of lack of planning. Paul has trained everyone from Olympic athletes, to well known celebrities to absolute beginners to get them in the best possible physical shape.
We asked Paul to share his top tips on getting back on track for the New Year:
Tip 1 – Make Sustainable Healthy Changes
Start slowly, take it easy. It’s a long-term life plan you want. Trying to train 7 days a week will not happen. Make Sustainable Healthy Changes. If you try to cut everything from your diet all at once you will crash and burn. Start by going to the gym twice a week, three times if you can.
Tip 2 – Get Expert Advice
If you are starting new or getting back to the gym after a long break, get expert advice from a personal trainer. If you get the correct form from the start and you will see the desired results faster, you will also avoid injury!
Tip 3 – Set a Realistic Goal
Set your simple goal to be to workout in the gym twice a week for 12 weeks. Up the intensity of your training or distance of your workout as you progress. It is also good to sign up for sporting events (walks, runs, cycles etc) to keep you motivated to workout.
Tip 4 – Eat Clean Natural Food, but do not starve yourself.
For breakfast, Paul recommends a good omelette, good oatmeal or oatmeal pancakes such as the pancakes he and his wife Siobhan designed for the Balfes healthy menu.
For lunch, Paul recommends, having some meats, turkey or some good fish and fill your plate with lots of greens, and add brown rice or sweet potato. Cut back on bread. Stay away from sugars, sweets and desserts!
We all want to know about the alcohol… do we have to cut it out? Paul says, if you like a drink take a drink, but cut back on the amount you take. Small changes work.
Tip 5 – Take Vitamins
Taking vitamins will not only be good for your body but they will also help with your training. But which ones to take? Paul says we should all be taking vitamin D because we don’t get much sunshine here in Ireland! He then shared with us the vitamins he takes – Vitamin D3 800 IU a day; Omnium multi vitamin and mineral formula A; Calcium/Magnesium plus Zinc. Advance Probiotic. All of Paul’s vitamins can be found in the area from stores including Health Matters, Holland & Barrett or Nourish.
Watch below to get more expert advice from Paul:
As we have said you have a host of gyms available in DublinTown and most have fitness classes such as spinning, TRX, kettlebells and yoga available during lunch time if that is something you prefer to do.
Gyms in DublinTown that can help keep you on track this year include:
- BodyByrne, Clarendon St
- Ben Dunne Gym, Jervis St
- Flyfit, South Great George’s St
- Gym Plus, Clarendon St
So small changes go a long way but again seek advice what you should do. If you are starting off for the first time or want to change your fitness regime, then a personal trainer is ideal for you and you won’t find better than Paul, Siobhan and the team at BodyByrne.
Eating healthy and frequently goes hand in hand with new training. If you are looking for some healthy places to eat, check out these 11 healthy places to eat in DublinTown to help you keep on track with your new health regime when out and about!