Well, the New Year has arrived and you’re sitting down thinking about how you’re going to make this year the best by getting fit. You can do this by making your health your number one priority to start each and every day. No more excuses, no more putting yourself on the back burner while you take care of everyone else. This is your year! Here are 10 AWESOME ways that you can begin making the new you!
There are so many benefits of walking. Anyone can do it, it doesn’t cost anything, you can do it at anytime, you can listen to your favourite music, you can change up the scenery, its is low impact on joints..the list is ENDLESS! Getting regular walking into your routine will ensure your burning a few extra calories a week..and it all starts with a 20min walk before or after work!
Here at StrengthCity we encourage our members to eat nutritious whole foods that provide the body with vitamins and minerals to assist in performance and recovery. What do you think alcohol does to the body? Decreases performance and reduces recover as well as adding a significant amount of empty calories. Make this a rule – don’t drink your calories!
Increasing the amount of muscle one has essentially affects our metabolism. The higher our metabolism, the faster and more efficiently we burn fat. Enough said!
INCREASE VEGGIE CONSUMPTION
As explained above, nourishing our bodies with minerals and vitamins will assist in performance and recovery. If we are performing at an optimum level we have the opportunity to burn more fat. If we are recovering quicker and more efficiently, then we can continue to perform and hence burn more fat! Veggies are packed with fibre that assists in gut health and therefore the digestion of foods reducing bloating. Aim to eat veggies with every meal.
YOGA / STRETCHING
No body loves getting out of bed moaning and groaning with aches and pains feeling like they are 80 years old. Your not getting any more mobile you know! And with anything, the more we do it, the more we reap the benefits. So roll out the mat and have a good stretch. Especially after a hard workout. But this can also be done while watching TV of before you hop into bed.
I’m sure you’ve heard this time and time again…your body is made up of over 70% water. What does this mean? For your organs to function properly and with high efficiency, they need to be hydrated – digestion, circulation… Sometimes hunger can be mistaken for thirst and therefore you could potentially save yourself some calories if you do something as simple as stay hydrated.
MEDITATE / DOWN TIME
Everyday stress – traffic to work, traffic from work, kids running around, bills, grocery shopping. It never ends. Cortisol is a hormone that is released when we are stressed, which inflames the body. When the body is inflamed, it holds onto fat. Solution? Stress less! Find 5mins in your day to sit down in a quiet place and zone out. Read before you go to bed. Take a morning work to start your day more relaxed. There are so many ways to destress.
GETTING MORE ZZZZZZ
If you don’t give your body time to recover (as the best time is when your sleeping), then how can you perform at your peak both mentally and physically? Try and set up a routine (this may be hard with kids), but if you have a bedtime routine, where you are not scrolling through facebook for 30mins before hitting the hay (which the backlighting may interfere with your sleep hormone melatonin), then you are not given yourself the opportunity for a great nights sleeps.
HIT UP THE PROTEIN
Essential for muscle growth and recovery, protein is also the macronutrient that helps keep you fuller for longer. We tell our members to eat protein EVERY SINGLE MEAL ie. eggs for breakfast, chicken breast for lunch and salmon for dinner. Its a bonus if you chuck in a can of tuna for morning tea and a protein shake post workout. Trust me, if is very hard to over-consume protein. Better eating to much protein then too much carbs and fats!
Flood your body with happy hormones. Being social dramatically reduces symptoms of depression and releases those feel good hormones. If you are mentally healthy, having loads of emotional support, then chances are you will be able to handle life and your physical health with more confidence. So go catch up with your friends, laugh, smile, share stories and you are one step closer to being a healthier, happier version of yourself.