Picture this: You tap the snooze button, skip your morning workout at the gym in Forest Lake, get the kids prepped for the day, and hurry to the office (or your work-from-home room), getting breakfast and a coffee at the drive-through. You gradually find yourself doing this more regularly, and finally, it turns into your new morning schedule. You pledge to yourself, “Monday, I’ll begin again on Monday!”
Sound familiar? If you’ve gone through this before, you’re not alone! And don’t be so critical of yourself up either – we’ve all been there. If you’re ready to get back in the gym and improve your health, you’ve come to the correct place. We’ve assembled some of our best tips for getting back in shape and maintaining health.
1. Keep Meal Prep Simple
Does the thought of meal prepping feel like too much to handle? It doesn’t have to be that way! At Farrell’s Forest Lake, our nutrition plans for your meals are simple, nourishing and flavorful. Putting together a balanced meal is easy with a protein, veggies and carbs.
To make shopping easy, separate your grocery list into three sections: protein, carbs and healthy fats. Get your preferences from all sections, and you’ve got yourself a week’s worth of meals!
Our top picks:
- Protein—chicken and turkey
- Carbs—wild rice and sweet potatoes
- Fats—nuts and avocados
2. Vary Your Workouts
Cardio, high intensity interval training (HIIT), weightlifting and no impact—with so many different workouts to choose from, how do you know what’s a good match for you? The answer is, the optimal workout is the workout you are motivated to do!
Farrell’s Forest Lake provides both online workouts and in-studio workouts, so you can increase your health your way, on your agenda. Whatever option you want, your group fitness instructor will guide you through kickboxing and strength training workouts to melt fat and build muscle. And you’ll have a blast in the process! The highlight is, all new members are given one free week of workouts.
3. Drink Your Water
It’s crucial to consume enough water, but it’s even more crucial to get your H20 during warm weather! Adequate hydration is essential for total health and peak body functions.
Some of these functions include:
- Managing body temperature
- Carrying nutrients
- Guarding muscles and joints
- Developing healthy skin and organs
- Controlling appetite
Don’t know how much water to aim for? Make a goal to take in half your body weight in ounces. For instance, if you weigh 200 pounds, shoot to consume 100 ounces of water once a day. Creating a reminder on your phone is a good idea.
4. Prioritize Rest and Recovery
Being in tune with your body and taking rest days often is just as important as working out. When you give your body time to rest, it gets a jump-start on mending muscles, which gives muscles the ability to get bigger and become stronger as time passes. This is critical as the bigger the muscle mass you have, the more calories your body uses – even during rest!
While getting back into a healthy schedule, you don’t have to do it by yourself. After all, the most difficult bit is typically the first step. If you’re looking for a caring community with a fitness program that guarantees results, visit a Farrell’s near you. We’re here to support you as you reach your health and fitness goals!