The Best Fitness Advice You've Ever Received - and Whether or not you Listened
When starting a new routine or habit, we often seek out friends who have been there, search the internet for reviews, or find a professional to guide us through each step of the way. Fitness is no different! Look anywhere and you’ll find tons of fitness tips and ideas to help you become stronger and more fit. Today, I’d like to share the best advice I’ve ever received - whether or not I listened then.
Start slow. We are often told this when we renew our gym memberships or start a new program. It may seem counter-productive. If I want to see results fast, shouldn’t I hit the ground running (literally) when I have the highest motivation? Yes and no. While it is important to jump on that motivation, it is also important to start slow to keep your body safe from injury and avoid burnout. Starting slow will enable you to find a rhythm that works for you and your body without being down for days from soreness or injury or becoming discouraged when you lack the energy to push through a tough workout. Start by going to the gym 2-3 times a week and slowly increase as you find that your body is ready for it.
You don’t need to spend hours in the gym to see results. This is perhaps the best piece of advice I’ve ever received. Our bodies need time to rest and repair muscles in order to grow and burn fat. By planning effective workouts, we can get in and out of the gym in less than an hour that will accomplish this goal. Plan a HIIT workout, incorporate strength training, or try out some hot yoga - but do not feel like you need to spend hours on the treadmill or that you need to complete ten sets of bicep curls to see results!
Stretch! It is SO important to stretch before and after a workout. Stretching before warms up our muscles, while stretching after increases our flexibility. Both will prevent injury in the long run, keeping you at the gym and doing the workouts you love.
Lift heavy - it won’t make you bulky. This is another misconception I hear again and again from clients. Lifting heavy will build muscle which will, in turn, burn fat. You’ll become stronger and leaner!
Don’t forget to eat to fuel! It is true that what happens in the kitchen is a big piece to the results you see. By eating a macro-balanced meal before and after your workout, you are giving your body the fuel it needs to push through tough workouts and give your body the energy it needs to repair itself. While I believe in a balanced lifestyle, you’ll feel 110% better in the gym and see much greater results if you are eating whole food nutrition over a sugary cereal.
Next time you hit the gym, I hope you keep these tips in mind. Keep me in the loop of how you are feeling and if you find yourself getting stronger and leaner this year. I’d love to hear from you!
If you are looking for a place to start - head over here and check out the FASTer Way to Fat Loss®!