It's new month! What goals are you setting for yourself? Whether you are brand new to exercise or you are an avid fitness guru, there are a few things to keep in mind to help you work towards your health and fitness goals.
Remember everyone was a beginner at some point! I remember starting at ground zero, learning the basics, stumbling along through successes and mistakes and eventually increasing my knowledge and physical strength. It’s progress over perfection.
Gyms are great, but you don’t need one to succeed. 321 You can get a killer workout without leaving your living room. All you need is your bodyweight, dumbbells or resistance bands and sneakers!
Focus on strength training. The more muscle you have the more calories you burn. Doing total-body workouts that incorporate working multiple muscle groups such as squats, dips, push-ups and lunges are amazing and if you do them with little to no rest in between, you will get your heart pumping and burn more calories.
Stretching is important to prevent injuries. Do dynamic stretching pre-workout like leg swings and arm circles and static stretching where you assume a stretch and hold it to relax and lengthen your muscles post-workout.
You will be hungry. This is a good thing. It means your body is changing — growing muscle and shedding fat — and in order to do that it needs fuel! Choose lean protein such as grilled chicken and fish, complex carbs such as oatmeal and brown rice, and plenty of fruits and veggies.
Ditch the scale. The number doesn’t define you and if you are strength training you might gain weight, but that’s because muscle weighs more than fat but takes up less space. A better way to gauge progress is how your clothing fits. If it is getting looser, you’re on the right track.
The “golden rule” is 80/20. Allowing yourself a little indulgence now and again will make eating clean and sticking to your program easier, and will ultimately get you the results you want.
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For a Stronger, Healthier YOU.
xo Michele Bischof