Think about this: You hit the snooze button, blow off your early workout at the gym in Des Moines, get the kids ready for the day, and run 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 frequently, and ultimately, it turns into your new morning schedule. You tell yourself, “Monday, I’ll begin again on Monday!”
Ring a bell? If you’ve been through this before, you’re not alone! And don’t be too hard on yourself up either – it’s happened to all of us. If you’re set to get back in the gym and improve your fitness, you’ve arrived at the correct place. We’ve compiled some of our best tips for getting back in shape and staying healthy.
1. Keep Meal Prep Simple
Does the thought of meal prepping feel exhausting? It doesn’t have to be that way! At Farrell’s Des Moines, our nutrition plans for your meals are simple, nourishing and flavorful. Making a healthy meal is easy with a protein, veggies and carbs.
To make shopping uncomplicated, split your grocery list into three sections: protein, carbs and healthy fats. Get your preferences from every section, and you’ve put together a week’s worth of meals!
- Protein—chicken and turkey
- Carbs—wild rice and sweet potatoes
- Fats—nuts and avocados
2. Shake Up Your Fitness Routine
Cardio, high intensity interval training (HIIT), weightlifting and low impact—with so many contrasting workouts out there, how do you know what’s ideal for you? The answer is, the right workout is the workout you are motivated to do!
Farrell’s Des Moines has both online workouts and in-studio workouts, so you can work out your way, on your time. Whichever option you go with, your group fitness instructor will walk you through kickboxing and strength training workouts to burn fat and increase muscle. And you’ll have fun during the workouts! The highlight is, all new members get one free week of workouts.
3. Get Enough Water
It’s crucial to stay hydrated, but it’s even more important to consume your H20 during the summer months! Adequate hydration is essential for total health and optimal body functions.
Some of these functions include:
- Controlling body temperature
- Carrying nutrients
- Maintaining muscles and joints
- Developing healthy skin and organs
- Managing appetite
Don’t know how much water to drink? Make a goal to consume half your body weight in ounces. For instance, if you weigh 200 pounds, try to drink 100 ounces of water every day. Making a reminder on your phone is a great idea.
4. Concentrate Rest and Recovery
Listening to your body and taking rest days weekly is just as necessary as your workouts. When you permit your body time to take a break, it goes to work mending muscles, which allows your muscles to expand and become stronger over time. This is crucial as the more muscle mass you have, the more calories your body uses – even during rest!
While returning to a healthy schedule, you don’t have to do it by yourself. After all, the most challenging bit is often the first step. If you’re wanting to join a caring community with a fitness program that promises results, come to a Farrell’s near you. We’re here to assist you in reaching your health and fitness goals!