Thursday, 24 June 2021

New year is the time to set fresh goals for yourself

START this year with some lifestyle changes and mental challenges which will all in turn improve how you view your exercise regime, eating patterns, your life and your motivation.

Speak to your trainer and draw up some goals — long and short term. Be realistic and focus on what you can do, what your body can do and what you want to do.

There is no point setting yourself a marathon if you are not a runner and never will be. This year I have decided I am going to start open-water swimming with my brother, I am going to run the Reading Half Marathon and I am booked on to do the Tough Mudder and I am hoping to do a triathlon with my running buddy Charlie.

Already my training focus has changed and I have goals — so ask yourself, what do you want to do that works for your life and your goals? Write it all down and chat to your friends/family/trainer.

Summer bodies are made in the winter, so start now and focus on your goals (long and short) and keep yourself mentally prepared.

Remember, fitness is for life — it isn’t seasonal!

Workouts don’t need to be long to be beneficial. If you’re prepared to work super hard, you can fit a power workout into just a 30-minute window.

Try high intensity workouts for 30 minutes or mix your jogging with sprinting or try a spinning class. It’s a trade-off between duration and intensity.

Recent Australian research found that 20 minutes of high-intensity interval training burned more calories than 40 minutes at a steady state. And if time is of the essence, you can even break down your daily exercise into short bouts rather than opt for one single prolonged session (research shows that activity bouts as short as 10 minutes are effective).

Now we are in January you are probably also going to start looking at your diet.

Let’s work together and get through the next 12 months focusing on our health, lifestyle changes, fitness goals and energy balancing.

Discuss energy balancing with your trainer and find the right plan to suit your daily activities and workouts.

Henley has so much to offer its residents — we have beautiful river walks, open-water swimming, stunning cycle rides, gyms, fitness classes and many personal trainers.

There is no need for us to sit still and be sleepy — let’s match the vibrancy of Henley with our fitness and be a healthy and fit society.

Feel free to email me at and I will do my best to answer all of your queries. May 2017 bring you all peace and goodwill.

Emma-Jane Taylor

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