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On 18th January, commonly known as ‘Blue Monday’, Fitness First will partner with health and fitness guru and Instagram sensation, Joe Wicks, to boost the nation’s mood by opening up its gyms to everyone for free. For the third year running, Fitness First will offer free access to all of its 73 clubs, running HIIT classes that everyone can come and try out, even if they’re not Fitness First members.

And if that wasn’t enough, Fitness First members will also have the chance to take part in an exclusive HIIT class with Joe at The Strand club. All people have to do is visit Fitness First UK’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages and ‘like’ the Joe Wicks competition post and leave their name.

The Red Monday launch with Joe, which is part of a wider brand partnership, aims to help the nation fight the January blues, battling the post holiday lull and credit card debt by hitting the gym and getting those endorphins flowing. With a degree in sports science and having spent five years as a personal trainer, Joe has helped over 70,000 people worldwide transform their bodies and attitudes to health and fitness

To help the nation beat the winter blues, even if they can’t make it to a free workout at Fitness First on the 18th, Joe has compiled these top five tips on how to feel good in the peak of winter:

1. Throw away the sad step

We all know that feeling after Christmas – you know how much of a good time you’ve had, and you think ‘oooh, just one look at the scales won’t hurt!’ It will. It always does. Throw away the sad step and focus on making progress and getting lean – you shouldn’t put your happiness on losing weight. It’s about being fitter, stronger, and feeling better about yourself.

2. Be a bit guilty

Really, don’t beat yourself up for having an occasional treat! You’re allowed to treat yourself every now and then, as long as you balance it out with smashing your workout.

3. You don’t have to go outside to exercise

The one thing everyone dreads in winter is sticking on their warmest gear and going out for a jog – and trying not to break their necks on the ice! But you don’t have to run outside to get a good workout in. You can go to your local Fitness First, or if you really don’t want to see anyone for the day, you can always smash out a quick twenty minute HIIT workout in your front room, your hotel room, or the guest bedroom at your parents’ house. Make your workout work for you

4. Don’t push it

Saying all this, it’s way too easy to obsess about keeping fit every day. You might feel really dedicated, but this is the worst thing you can do for you body. Give yourself rest days where you just do a few simple stretches to stop your muscles shutting down completely in the cold winter air. Then you can just bundle yourself in front of the TV, no questions asked.

5. Don’t compare yourselves to others

I know it’s really tempting to stop before you’ve even started. ‘Well I’ll never lose as much weight as so and so so there’s no point’. Like I’ve said before, it’s not about the weight and it’s not about numbers. Everyone has a different body and a completely different metabolism. You can only do your best, and as long as you know you’re smashing it, there’s nothing left to do! If you can find a brilliant community around you to support you, like my leanies do with each other, that’s always a huge bonus for staying on track!

Martin Seibold, Managing Director of Fitness First UK comments: ‘We are so pleased to be able to launch this year’s Red Monday with Joe Wicks as our ambassador. His belief that a well rounded approach to fitness – combining healthy eating with exercise – can boost people’s moods and positively transform their lives, fits perfectly with Fitness First’s ethos. We hope that people will join in on Red Monday on 18th January, come and meet our expert team and try out our classes and equipment to make their Blue Monday, Red.’

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