Christmas is over and the New Year is coming!
We all cheat a little bit during the holidays and unfortunately, I have been eating
almost everything. Now that the holidays are over, it's time to press reset and start thinking about next year. Here is how to set and follow through with your fitness goals.
*Write it down: "I will exercise 3-4 times a week." Get a gym membership if you do not have one. If you do have one then look at your schedule for the week and set an alarm on your phone for one hour before you go to the gym. During the one hour period, make sure you have your favorite gym clothes on, eat breakfast or light snack and take your pre workout.
*Write it down: "I want to have killer abs, or lose "5" pounds by February". Make sure it is measurable. You cannot expect to lose a ridiculous amount by a specific date. Most healthy weight loss is about 1-2 pounds per week, set your deadline for a few months. Take it easy on yourself and make sure you can follow through with losing a little bit at a time.
*Manage your routine based on the look you want. When exercising 3-4 times a week you are able to break up your workout.
Day 1: Cardio and Abs
Day 2: Upper Body and Cardio
Day 3: Lower Body and Core
Day 4: Cardio
Day 1: High Intensity and Full Body (circuits, barbells, and weight supersets)
Day 2: Upper Body and Core
Day 3: Legs and Light Cardio
Day 4: Core and Cardio
There are so many ways you can mix up your workout, but do not forget to rest. Your body does need time to recover and rest to build muscle.
*Food is always a teaser. Make sure you are eating 5-6 meals a day. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and the in between times (before and after you workout). Another way to set it by time. 9am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm, 8pm and snacks in between. When packing or planning your meals, don't forget to portion them out. Eating smaller and portioned meals are better than eating 2 large meals a day.
*Hydration is important. Always fill your body with a lot of fluid that is WATER! Buy a few water bottles that you can fill more than just 12 ounces of water. The more water your bottle contains makes it easier for you to keep track of how much water you are actually drinking. Drink water during work, drink water during your drives, drink at the gym and drink at home! This will slightly keep you alway from the food craving and help your body stay on track with your meals.
Following through with your goals are important. You can get the body you want and feel absolutely focused when you stay on track. Eating healthy provides your body with the energy and exercising will help your brain stay focused.