Picture this: You hit the snooze button, skip the morning workout, get the kids ready for the day, and rush to the office (or your work-from-home station), grabbing breakfast and a coffee at the drive-through. You slowly find yourself doing this more often, and eventually, it becomes the new morning routine. You promise to yourself, “Monday, I’ll start again on Monday!”
Sound familiar? If you’ve experienced this before, you’re not alone! And don’t beat yourself up either – we’ve all been there. If you’re ready to get back in the gym and improve your health, you’re in the right place. We’ve compiled some of our favorite tips for getting back in shape and staying healthy.
1. Keep Meal Prep Simple
Does the thought of meal prepping overwhelm you? It doesn’t have to be! At Farrell’s, we keep our nutrition
plans for meals simple, healthy, and delicious. Creating a balanced meal can easily be accomplished with a protein, side of veggies, and carbs.
Next time you’re at the grocery store, divide your grocery list into three easy sections: Protein, carbs, and healthy fats. Stock up on your favorites from each section, and you’ve got yourself a week’s worth of meals! Our favorites proteins are chicken and turkey; favorite carbs are wild rice and sweet potatoes; and favorite healthy fats are nuts and avocados.
2. Mix Up Your Workouts
Cardio, high intensity interval training (HIIT), resistance training, low impact, strength training, lifting weights – with so many different workouts available, how do you know what’s right for you? The answer is, the best workout is the workout you enjoy doing!
Farrell’s offers both online workouts and in-studio workouts, so you can work out your way, on your schedule. With Farrell’s virtual and in-studio workouts, your group fitness instructor will lead you through kickboxing and strength training to burn fat and build muscle. And you’ll have fun doing it! The best part is, all new members receive one free week of workouts.
3. Drink Your Water
We all know the importance of staying hydrated, but it’s even more important to drink your H20 during the warm summer months! Proper hydration is essential for overall health and optimal body functions, including regulating body temperature, transporting nutrients, protecting muscles and joints, promoting healthy skin and organs, and bonus – controlling your appetite!
Not sure how much water to drink? Set a goal to drink half your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, try to drink 100 ounces of water every day. Setting an alarm on your phone as a reminder helps!
4. Prioritize Rest and Recovery
Listening to your body and taking regular rest days are just as important as your workouts. When you give your body time to recover, it goes to work repairing muscles, which allows your muscles to grow and get stronger over time. This is especially important because the more muscle mass you have, the more calories your body burns – even during rest!
While getting back into a healthy routine, you don’t have to do it alone. After all, the hardest part is usually the first step. If you’re looking for a supportive community with a fitness program that guarantees results, check out a Farrell’s near you. We’re here to help you reach your health and fitness goals!