Picture this: You press the snooze button, skip your daybreak workout at the gym in Ankeny, get the kids prepared for the day, and hurry to the office (or your work-from-home office), ordering breakfast and a coffee at the drive-through. You steadily find yourself doing this more often, and ultimately, it shifts into your new morning routine. You tell yourself, “Monday, I’ll try again on Monday!”
Remind you of anything? If you’ve been through this previously, you’re not alone! And don’t be so critical of 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 correct place. We’ve assembled some of our top tips for getting back in shape and maintaining health.
1. Keep Meal Prep Simple
Does the task of meal prepping overwhelm you? It doesn’t have to be like that! At Farrell’s Ankeny, our nutrition plans for your meals are uncomplicated, nourishing and flavorful. Creating a balanced meal is easy with a protein, veggies and carbs.
To make shopping simple, separate your grocery list into three sections: protein, carbs and healthy fats. Stock up on your favorites from all sections, and you’ve got yourself a week’s worth of meals!
- Protein—chicken and turkey
- Carbs—wild rice and sweet potatoes
- Fats—nuts and avocados
2. Mix Up Your Fitness Routine
Cardio, high intensity interval training (HIIT), weightlifting and low impact—with so many distinct workouts out there, how do you know what’s right for you? The answer is, the optimal workout is the workout you enjoy doing!
Farrell’s Ankeny provides both online workouts and in-studio workouts, so you can get fit your way, on your agenda. Whatever workout you select, your group fitness instructor will guide you through kickboxing and strength training workouts to burn fat and enhance muscle. And you’ll have a good time in the process! The highlight is, all new members are given one free week of workouts.
3. Drink Your Water
It’s important to get enough water, but it’s even more crucial to consume your H20 through the summer months! Adequate hydration is necessary for complete health and ideal body functions.
Some of these functions include:
- Controlling body temperature
- Distributing nutrients
- Guarding muscles and joints
- Promoting healthy skin and organs
- Regulating appetite
Unsure of how much water to consume? Create a goal to consume half your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, shoot to get in 100 ounces of water every day. Creating a reminder on your phone helps.
4. Highlight Rest and Recovery
Paying attention to your body and taking rest days weekly is just as critical as going to the gym. When you permit your body time to take a break, it goes to work fixing muscles, which permits muscles to get bigger and become stronger as time goes on. This is critical since the greater the muscle mass you have, the more calories your body consumes – even when you’re resting!
While resuming healthy habits, you don’t have to do it on your own. After all, the most difficult aspect is typically the first step. If you’re wanting to join a helpful community with a fitness program that assures results, visit a Farrell’s near you. We’re here to support you as you reach your health and fitness goals!