Exercise is an excellent way to improve your overall health and well-being. Evidence suggests that physical activity can reduce the risk of chronic diseases, improve circulation, boost energy levels, improve mood, strengthen muscles and bones, and so much more! I get asked a lot of questions about my fitness regime, so today I’m breaking it down into 5 categories. Nutrition, consistency, variety, mindfulness, and rest are all important aspects to me for a healthy fitness routine.
Food is fuel. Fitness and nutrition go hand in hand. It plays a major 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 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 exercise at a high-impact level a lot of the time, therefore, it’s important for me to make sure I am nourishing myself properly to fuel my body’s needs to remain healthy. No matter what your level of fitness is, make sure you are eating properly to fuel your body’s needs. If you are unsure of where to begin with nutrition, a Registered Dietitian can help guide you!
Schedule in a few days a week as “workout days” in your calendar where it works best for you. If you have things that pop up during your week, shift your workout days around to accommodate you. On days I don’t have a lot of time for my workout, I still make it count by upping my intensity for that shorter period of time. Make it work for you! Routine is important for feeling and seeing results. What we do every once and a while (every few weeks) is not consistency, as opposed to what we do routinely. Getting exercise in 4 days straight, then taking 2 weeks off will not benefit your health as it would if you exercised 3 to 4 days spread throughout your week routinely.
3. SWITCH IT UP
I love trying different forms of exercise, it helps me see what works for me and what doesn’t. It is important to be physically active in ways you enjoy, this way you are more likely to stick to it. Explore different styles of fitness to see what you are most drawn to. You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing! Find exercises you enjoy, ones that make you feel challenged and like you are breaking a sweat. Some days I’ll be in the gym, or outside in nature on a hike, while other days I’ll be hitting up a workout class. These are all different approaches to fitness that I enjoy, making it easy to switch up my routine and stay committed.
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.
5. CHILL OUT
Rest days are necessary! I like to incorporate rest days into my week, some days I’ll do an “active” rest day where I might do something low-impact like a light walk or stretch yoga). Rest is important for mental health, energy, and results. Additionally, it improves 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 know when to rest. Fitness shouldn’t burn you out, so make sure to take it easy sometimes to avoid any burnout.
What sort of regimes do you build around fitness? Comment below and let me know what habits help keep your fitness in check. Have an amazing day!
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