Imagine this: You press the snooze button, miss your morning workout at the gym in Bellevue, 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 slowly find yourself doing this more frequently, and eventually, it shifts into your new morning schedule. You promise yourself, “Monday, I’ll try again on Monday!”
Does that remind you of anything? If you’ve gone through this previously, you’re not alone! And don’t beat yourself up either – we’ve all gone through it. If you’re set to get back in the gym and enhance your health, you’ve arrived at the correct place. We’ve assembled some of our top tips for getting back in shape and staying healthy.
1. Keep Meal Prep Easy
Does the thought of meal prepping overwhelm you? It doesn’t have to be that way! At Farrell’s Bellevue, our nutrition plans for your meals are easy, nutritious and flavorful. Creating a good meal is easy with a protein, veggies and carbs.
To make shopping simple, divide your grocery list into three sections: protein, carbs and healthy fats. Buy your preferences from each section, and you’ve put together a week’s worth of meals!
Our top picks:
- Protein—chicken and turkey
- Carbs—wild rice and sweet potatoes
- Fats—nuts and avocados
2. Vary Your Workouts
Cardio, high intensity interval training (HIIT), weightlifting and low impact—with so many different workouts out there, how do you know what’s ideal for you? The answer is, the optimal workout is the workout you enjoy doing!
Farrell’s Bellevue provides both online workouts and in-studio workouts, so you can get fit your way, on your time. Whichever option you choose, your group fitness instructor will walk you through kickboxing and strength training workouts to torch fat and build muscle. And you’ll have a blast in the process! The best part is, all new members get one free week of workouts.
3. Make Sure You’re Hydrated
It’s essential to consume enough water, but it’s even more crucial to consume your H20 during hot weather! Appropriate hydration is imperative for total health and optimal body functions.
Some of these functions include:
- Regulating body temperature
- Transporting nutrients
- Maintaining muscles and joints
- Promoting healthy skin and organs
- Controlling appetite
Don’t know how much water to consume? Set a goal to take in half your body weight in ounces. For instance, if you weigh 200 pounds, aim to drink 100 ounces of water once a day. Making a reminder on your phone is a good idea.
4. Highlight Rest and Recovery
Paying attention to your body and taking rest days regularly is just as crucial as going to the gym. When you allow your body time to take a break, it gets a jump-start on fixing muscles, which allows your muscles to expand and become stronger as time goes on. This is critical since the bigger the muscle mass you have, the more calories your body burns – even when you’re resting!
While returning to healthy habits, you don’t have to do it alone. After all, the most challenging part is typically the first step. If you’re looking for a supportive 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!