I get asked a lot of questions about my fitness regime, so I thought why not address it in a blog post? Fitness is a form of nourishment, and there are numerous ways in which fitness nourishes us. It can improve circulation, reduce the risk of diseases like cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes, boost energy levels, strengthen muscles + bones, improve mood + mental health, and much, much more! So, let’s get to my fitness 5!
Number one: Eats
Eat well! Food is fuel. Fitness and nutrition go hand in hand. Nutrition plays a big role in how you feel, what results you’ll see, and your energy throughout your workout. It’s important to make sure you are fueling your body to match your level of fitness. I am highly active, not everyone is, nor does everyone want to be/have to be. I played sports from a young age so being highly active has always been something I have done consistently and truly enjoyed throughout my life. Although I no longer participate in sports, I still train at a high-impact level most of the time. Now, not everyone wants to train at an advanced level, and that is absolutely fine! All that matters is that you are eating well enough to meet your needs, and match your goals + level of fitness.
Number two: Consistency
It’s important to get some sort of routine going. And yes, there is always time. Set a few days a week as “workout days” and set some days as “rest days”. For example, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday could be workout days, and Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday could be rest days (or however you see fit). That’s the beauty of it, you can always make time for fitness in your week and tailor it to your personal schedule. If you have things that pop up during your week, shift your workout and rest days around to accommodate you. Always aim to have at least 3 days in your week dedicated to physical activity for at least 30 consecutive minutes. Sneak it somewhere in there, I know you can! I also stress the word consistency. Following a regime for one week then taking a whole week off does not = consistency. Stick to it! Make your fitness exciting so it can be a consistent lifestyle habit you enjoy long-term and look forward to.
Number three: Switch Things Up
Switching things up is what keeps me in the game most of all! I love doing different workouts, and more importantly, doing workouts that I love! It’s so important to be physically active in ways you enjoy, this way you are more likely to stick to it. You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing! Do exercises you enjoy, ones that make you feel challenged and like you are breaking a sweat. Some workout days I will do HIIT (this kind of training is my fave BTW), other workout days I will do low-impact weightlifting + high repetitions, and on other days I might do heavier weightlifting + lower repetitions. These are 3 different approaches to fitness that I enjoy doing, making it easy to switch up my routine. Heck, maybe mid week I’ll even hit up a yoga session for something different. Our muscles love to be tricked. Having a combination of different routines you enjoy doing sets you up for results.
Number four: Mindfulness
Our thoughts impact our body. There is a strong mind-body connection when it comes to fitness. Our state of mind connects us to our workout. For example, you can easily go pick up some weights or jump on a treadmill and mindlessly get through the workout, or you can really consider the muscles you are working out or the way you carry yourself while you run. Pay attention to your energy, are you feeling any aches or pains? Is your body mechanics in check? Becoming more mindful with your workouts can really help you understand your body’s needs and limitations which also helps prevent injury. Next time you head to the gym, or go for a run, or hit up an awesome yoga class, check in with where your mind is at and how you are truly feeling. I begin checking in with myself from the moment I awaken. In this fast-paced world we can easily be taken from the present moment, so checking in with ourselves is very important for coming back to the present.
Number five: Chill Out
Rest days are necessary! I always incorporate rest days into my week, it’s so important for mental health, energy, and results. Taking a day off also helps improve recovery time and helps you feel more energized throughout your week. Rest is crucial for giving your muscles a break, allowing them to rebuild and strengthen for your next sweat sesh! Listen to your body and take a day off. Fitness shouldn’t burn us out, so make sure to take it easy sometimes to avoid fitness induced burnout.
What sort of regimes do you build around fitness? What keeps you in check?
Photos by the amazingly talented Kristen of LoveCraft Photography.