You need to think of your body as a machine. In order to function, it needs fuel in the way of food! This is especially important after a night of fasting or a long break since your last meal. Without this fuel, your body is unable to perform to its optimal level and you lose some of the training benefits you might otherwise gain, not to mention you might feel light-headed and nauseous.
If you are in a hurry, taking in some easily digestible food or drink – like a banana, bagel or smoothie – can make all the difference between a productive session and a fatigue-filled session.
There’s still time to take advantage of the new year hype! To help you stick to your resolutions, we wanted to highlight some things that might be counter-productive to your health and fitness journey.
It isn’t about just being active or just eating healthy. In order to excel in your health and fitness goals, you need to commit your time and energy to both active living and healthy eating. The two go hand-in-hand; a poor quality diet will likely result in a less active lifestyle.
Start slow. If you push too hard too soon with – let’s say – your fitness goals, you are at a greater risk of injury. Additionally, if you jump right into a diet without considering your lifestyle or nutritional needs you are not likely going to stick with it long enough to see results.
Hold yourself accountable. Achieving any goal depends greatly on your ability to commit yourself and hold yourself accountable. One great way to ensure you stay on track is by keeping a fitness and nutrition journal.
At Body & Soul, we offer complimentary consultations to help newcomers understand how we can help them achieve their health and fitness goals. If you know someone who might benefit from personal training, we encourage you to have them call in and book a consultation so that they can sit down, one-on-one, with one of our personal trainers.
We had a snow day yesterday but today we are open!
If you aren’t able to make it into the gym today – due to the snow – consider this holiday workout:
- Squats (20 reps)
- Push ups (15 reps)
- Alternating lunges (10 each side)
- Push ups (10 reps)
- 1 minute wall sit
- Side plank (30 seconds each side)
- Front plank (45 seconds)
- 50 bicycle crunches
Go through the exercises above with no break between exercises. Rest two minutes. Repeat twice. In under a half hour you will have broken a sweat, burned some calories, and ramped up your fitness!