Imagine this: You hit the snooze button, miss your daybreak workout at the gym in New Hope, get the kids ready for the day, and rush to the office (or your work-from-home area), ordering breakfast and a coffee at the drive-through. You steadily find yourself doing this more frequently, and eventually, it becomes your new morning schedule. You think to 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 increase your health, you’ve arrived at the ideal place. We’ve assembled some of our best tips for getting back in shape and maintaining health.
1. Keep Meal Prep Easy
Does the idea of meal prepping overwhelm you? It doesn’t have to be like that! At Farrell’s New Hope, our nutrition plans for your meals are simple, nutritious and tasty. Making a good meal is easy with a protein, veggies and carbs.
To make shopping easy, divide your grocery list into three sections: protein, carbs and healthy fats. Buy your favorites from all sections, and you’ve got yourself a week’s worth of meals!
Our top choices:
- Protein—chicken and turkey
- Carbs—wild rice and sweet potatoes
- Fats—nuts and avocados
2. Mix Up Your Fitness Schedule
Cardio, high intensity interval training (HIIT), weightlifting and no impact—with so many distinct workouts out there, how do you know what’s a good match for you? The answer is, the best workout is the workout you enjoy doing!
Farrell’s New Hope provides both online workouts and in-studio workouts, so you can get fit your way, on your time. Regardless of which option you choose, your group fitness instructor will lead you through kickboxing and strength training workouts to melt fat and enhance muscle. And you’ll have fun in the process! The best part is, all new members receive one free week of workouts.
3. Drink Your Water
It’s important to get enough water, but it’s even more critical to drink your H20 throughout warm weather! Adequate hydration is necessary for overall health and optimal body functions.
Some of these functions include:
- Regulating body temperature
- Distributing nutrients
- Safeguarding muscles and joints
- Developing healthy skin and organs
- Managing appetite
Unsure of how much water to drink? Make a goal to take in half your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, shoot to drink 100 ounces of water daily. Setting a reminder on your phone is a good idea.
4. Prioritize Rest and Recovery
Listening to your body and taking rest days regularly is just as necessary as going to the gym. When you permit your body time to rest, it goes to work repairing muscles, which allows your muscles to get bigger and become stronger as time passes. This is essential because the greater the muscle mass you have, the more calories your body expends – even when you’re resting!
While getting back into a healthy routine, you don’t have to do it by yourself. After all, the most challenging part is usually the first step. If you’re looking for a helpful community with a fitness program that assures results, come to a Farrell’s near you. We’re here to assist you in reaching your health and fitness goals!