Here are 10 of my tips that I think will keep you on track with your training and leading a healthy lifestyle. This isn't an easy task and I know that it can be difficult to keep yourself motivated with it all. So here it is, starting with tip number 1, let's get right into it!
Starting with the most important meal of the day, consuming a healthy, balanced breakfast is going to see you through the day. In my opinion having protein first thing of the day will help fuel you well along with some slow release carbohydrates. A whey protein shake or some eggs/lean meat with porridge is a perfect combination that will fuel your body with the correct nutrients for the day. Eating a healthy fat source such as a handful of nuts will also increase energy levels and keep everything balanced within your body. Start the day the right way with this style of breakfast.
Make time for yourself and realise that eating a healthy, balanced diet will work better with regular exercise. Exercise shouldn't be boring for you so don't limit yourself just to one style of training like attending the gym. Walking pets, jogging outside, swimming, cycling are all other ways of leading an active lifestyle which will help keep you healthy. Perform at least three, thirty minute sessions a week for optimal results and to meet your goals.
Planning Your Meals
So you have done a healthy food shop at your local supermarket but if you haven't got a plan of when you are going to eat it all, then it could be a waste of time. By having a plan of how many proteins, carbohydrates and fats you will consume in a day is a science which will work for you body. You can work this out by trialing it with your body and see what amount works best. If you perform lots of resistance training you might opt for more proteins over carbohydrates. On the other hand, if you consider yourself more of an endurance athlete it might be better to consume more carbohydrates. Or if you are looking just to keep fit, having a healthy balance of all three food groups and knowing how much to have will help you.
Planning Your Workouts
Just like the above with the food you are going to eat I recommend you set yourself a weekly plan of when you will workout and what area of your body you will focus on. Not only does this make your plans well structured, it also means you won't skip a day because you have told yourself you will do it. Plans like this help keep you disciplined and focused on what you are going to achieve on that day. Stick to the plan :)
Using supplements are great to boost your intake of nutrients you are unlikely to get from food sources alone. Using products like a whey protein, bcca formula and others will really help you if you need them. The word supplement means to use something alongside your diet, so don't just stick with them as whole foods are much better for you. I would also recommend you don't meal replace with a supplement and stick to regular meals if you are looking to lose weight.
If you lead a busy lifestyle and are constantly on the go with different chores whilst keeping fit, you could be in need of a rest. Unfortunately I am not about to giveaway a holiday break for you and I am certainly not suggesting you lay off from your lifestyle for a few days. In terms of resting, some times it is good for your body and mental state to take a full rest day from training so that you can recharge the body. When was the last time you took a rest day? If it has been a while then you could be in need of one. I suggest taking a rest day every 4-5 days of being active, give this a go.
Work On Your Weak Areas
If you have areas on your body you wish to improve I really recommend you work on these more so than your stronger areas. Working your weaker areas isn't going to be fun because it is will ultimately be harder work, however it will help you long term. If you struggle with leg development, get in the squat rack. If you want to be more toned, work on lifting weights instead of hours upon hours of cardio. Do you want a six pack, start working the core over endless crunches. Work those weaker areas and make your whole body a strong being!
Train Your Legs
Speaking of weaker areas in the body, how many of you exercise your leg muscles? For us guys what we really want is a fantastic upper body so that when we take our top off, we look great! Ladies, I know this area is something which you like to work on but are you doing it properly? I want you to include squatting into your workouts and perform various different lunges which will target the bum and leg area. If you want a good upper body and more toned lower limbs, it is time to take your butt <literally> to the squat rack!!
Set Yourself Realistic Goals
Whether you have been exercising for years or consider yourself a newbie, it is imperative you set realistic goals. Having these will keep you motivated and inspire you in your journey of achieving the goals you have set out for yourself.
Make No Excuses
Not only is it important to set realistic goals I also think you should never give yourself an excuse to talk yourself out of something. When following your plans, eating healthy and exercising regularly, don't give yourself an excuse to get out of something. Stick with it, stay focused and you will achieve the goals you have made for yourself.
So there you have it, my 10 ways to keep you on track leading into the Spring months. I assure you, if you follow this and stay committed you will achieve what you want. All the best :)