Remember two blinks ago back in January when you made that New Year’s Resolution(s)? Chances are you probably have a Fitness goal in that list. Get fit, lose weight, slim down or whatever the variation. Well we’ve just entered September and that’s the last month of the third quarter.
No worries, you’ve still four months to reach your goal for this year. And to help you out, here are some easy tips to help you reach your goal.
Daily exercise is important to keep your momentum. For most of us, when we get busy, we start missing a day here and there. Soon that doubles and we miss more days, before you know it the only exercise you’re doing is changing the channel. So even if it’s just 15 minutes to half an hour, get some exercise in your daily routine. The point is to get started!
Plyometrics (also known as Plyo or Jum Training) are exercises that make your muscles work at maximum force in short intervals. Once you’ve some momentum going and are starting to feel stronger, add in some Plyo exercises. These are great because they help you Burn Fat and Lose Weight at the same time help with muscle tone. Some examples are Jump Squats, Skater Jumps and Lunges with Hops
It’s important to set goals. Better still if you have a goal to achieve on a weekly basis as well as a monthly base goal. For example, Weekly goal: increase running distance by 400 meters, Month End Goal: Lose 2 Kg. Goal setting is great to keep your motivation up, as well as your momentum. Knowing what you’re working towards will always give you a clearer picture.
Don’t start with an explosive workout if you having already been keeping up with a fitness regimen, that’s just asking for an injury (which will set you back a week or longer). Ease yourself into it, going back to tip number 1, daily exercise routing to get momentum. You can increase the intensity slightly on a daily basis for the first few weeks. From 15 minutes to 20 minutes to 30 minutes and so on and so forth.
Watch your Diet
The age-old advise when it comes to getting fit, diet. Now diet here doesn’t mean starving yourself with eating less, but rather just be conscious about what you put in your body. Eat more greens, white meats, and less carbs and fired foods. But the occasional junk food is alright, just don’t overdo it.
Eat More Protein
This brings us to our next tip, Eat More Protein. You need protein to fuel your body and it’s better than loading up on carbohydrates. Without it you’ll just be feeling lethargic all the time, and that won’t help you get fit. Great sources of protein are Chicken, Turkey, Eggs, Green Peas, and Chickpeas to name a few.
Eat Small Often
Eat smaller portions more frequently throughout the day. This will help keep your appetite in check and you’ll be able to make better decisions when it comes to your meals.
Mix it UP
Doing the same work out over and over again isn’t healthy either. Have different routines to mix up your work out schedules will help you get fit faster and reduce injuries to overworked joints. Doing the same exercise may cause muscle imbalances as you target the same muscle over and over again.
It’s no secret that for good health you need proper rest. But also because you workout, your muscles need to recover properly (which is also why you need to mix up you workouts). If you don’t let your muscles proper recovery time, it may lead to serious injuries.
Yes you read that right, Eat Chocolate! But…. Make sure it’s Dark Chocolate. The indulgent treat will help to boost your mood as well as your heart health (among other health benefits of Chocolate). The trick is to take it in moderation, don’t gorge it down! You can use it as a treat to reward yourself to reaching a weekly goal.
So use these tips to help you get started on completing your Year’s resolution before year end or just get fit and stay healthy.
Sources: health.com, lifehack.org, lifescript.com, mindbodygreen.com