This morning I got up to read the news and found tons of “Get Fit Fast” challenges. While I think it is awesome to jump-start and reboot your body, it is equally important to think about the whole year and your whole life, not just the next 30 days.
Our bodies are where we live and all we got. If you have no physical roof over your head, you do have the top of your head to protect all the goodness that makes up you….I think you get my point.
There are a few steps to take in sorting out how you will take on your health this year. To begin, you want to start by checking in with yourself….are you a morning person or a night owl? Depending on your answer may depend on the time of day that really works for you to work out. Many people think that you should go at the end of your day but if you are like me and a morning person, I have way more energy in the morning and love getting up, getting a workout in early and then I am energized for the day.
While you may feel after a work out that you are tired, often times within the hour after your work out you get a new boost of energy and can find it harder to go to sleep. Pay attention to your natural body rhythm and then try classes or your fitness routine at different times and see what best fits your energy. You can mix it up to if you like! Do weights, cardio, core specific workouts, this will help you to not plateau in what is working for you!
When it comes to food, do not starve yourself. Starving yourself is NOT dieting or eating healthy. Eat smaller portions of food every 2-3 hours. It may sound counter-intuitive to be eating more frequently but this does help your body to process food and burn energy more evenly.
The foods I always choose are sour fruits, nuts, all vegetables, chicken and fish. If I make a bread choice I try to keep it to gluten-free. This is the regular eating and then I will take a cheat day once a week. This is the day I can eat all of life’s delicious, rich, why am I eating this kind of foods. You don’t have to take a cheat day if you don’t want to. That’s just me living on the edge.
You don’t have to become vegan or vegetarian to be healthy either. It does help to become a label reader of your foods. If you can’t pronounce it….not sure what it is….you should put it back on the shelf. With meats look for antibiotic free, hormone free….may cost more but better for you! That is the best advice I ever got!
When I wanted to really get healthy, I had to start to look at what my daily routine is. Map it out. I would journal the time of day my energy was high and low, what I was eating, what types of fitness I was doing, etc. The great news there is an app out there for all of that! Much easier to track now.
One piece of important advice I can give you is never give up. If you try a fitness and you don’t like it, pick something else and try that, keep going and never give up. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing, do what works for you. It is the only way you will win in the health arena! It takes times and while you can kick-start it all with a 30 day challenge, keep in mind long-term and make health and fitness just a part of your everyday lifestyle.
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