Imagine this: You tap the snooze button, skip your morning workout at the gym in Lincoln, get the kids prepped 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 often, and ultimately, it becomes your new morning schedule. You promise yourself, “Monday, I’ll start again on Monday!”
Ring a bell? If you’ve experienced 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 prepared to get back in the gym and improve your well-being, you’ve arrived at the right place. We’ve compiled some of our top tips for getting back in shape and staying healthy.
1. Keep Meal Prep Simple
Does the idea of meal prepping feel exhausting? It doesn’t have to be like that! At Farrell’s Lincoln, our nutrition plans for your meals are easy, healthy and tasty. Creating a balanced meal is fast with a protein, veggies and carbs.
To make shopping uncomplicated, split your grocery list into three sections: protein, carbs and healthy fats. Buy your top choices from all sections, 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. Vary Your Fitness Schedule
Cardio, high intensity interval training (HIIT), weightlifting and no impact—with so many different workouts to choose from, how do you know what’s right for you? The answer is, the best workout is the workout you are motivated to do!
Farrell’s Lincoln offers both online workouts and in-studio workouts, so you can work out your way, on your agenda. Whichever setting you go with, your group fitness instructor will lead you through kickboxing and strength training workouts to torch fat and build muscle. And you’ll have a good time during the workouts! The best part is, all new members are given one free week of workouts.
3. Get Enough Water
It’s critical to stay hydrated, but it’s even more critical to drink your H20 during hot weather! Appropriate hydration is imperative for overall health and optimal body functions.
Some of these functions include:
- Controlling body temperature
- Distributing nutrients
- Maintaining muscles and joints
- Assisting in healthy skin and organs
- Controlling appetite
Not sure how much water to consume? Make a goal to consume half your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, aim to get in 100 ounces of water once a day. Making a reminder on your phone helps.
4. Prioritize Rest and Recovery
Listening to your body and taking rest days weekly is just as necessary as your workouts. When you give your body time to rest, it gets a jump-start on repairing muscles, which gives muscles the ability to get bigger and become stronger over time. This is critical because the greater the muscle mass you have, the more calories your body expends – even when you’re resting!
While returning to a healthy schedule, you don’t have to do it alone. After all, the hardest bit is usually the first step. If you’re wanting to join a encouraging community with a fitness program that assures results, check out a Farrell’s near you. We’re here to support you as you reach your health and fitness goals!